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BDO: Quest Tip – Unchained Curiosity

If you are on your way to discover Valencia City for the first time, you will probably run into this quest before you get there.

In this quest, you will need to discover Ibellab Oasis that is located in the desert.  You will have to find some travelers located right outside of Gahaz Bandits Lair.

(See Map Below)

When you reach these three travelers, be sure you are still on your horse because once you talk to one of them, they take off to Ibellab Oasis. Just “R” to chat to one of them and just follow the one to the Oasis.  (You don’t need to chat to all three)

Things you will need when you are in the desert – so prepare before you go:

  1. Water (Put the water on your hot bar)
  2. Star Anise Tea (To warm your body up at night)
  3. Compass (There are 3 parts to a compass – you can buy the parts off the marketplace then put together)
  4. Some type of ride (Horse or a Camel)
  5. Shovels (For quests later down the road)

Ipad Time Wasters: Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker

Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker

Genre: Dating / Stimulation

Summary:  You work at a dating agency and you goal is to find love connections for your clients.

Thoughts: 

Here are the bad ones first:  I think the graphics could be better.  It’s not the worst that I have seen but definitely not great.  Some parts of the game got a bit tedious especially if you ended up picking the same restaurant multiple times.  The good part is that I thought the game was hilarious.  I got several good chuckles from the situations that the characters were involved in and the game developers were really creative when it came to character names and hobbies. The mini games were challenging enough and in some cases, you could cheat if you wanted too.  I don’t mind being a cheater so that worked for me.  Below, there is a small guide for some tips & hints on how to play and do well.

Recommend:

I would recommend this especially if you are just looking for a relaxing casual game.

 

Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker Tips:

  • Pay attention to how the character’s appearance and their attire.  This is a clue on what type of personality they are.  You have, for example, geeky, sporty, hippie, edgy and etc.
  • Astrological signs are not that important.  It helps but it’s not important to make a relationship work.
  • You need two or more personality traits to match up in order for the characters to want to start a relationship. (This is the 3rd tab on the profile)
  • 3 star rated characters do not like going to 1 start restaurants.  VIP characters are even more picky. The date will give you a strike for this.
  • Your date will give you a strike if you take them to the same restaurant twice.
  • You can only talk about most topics one time with the exception of interests.  You can talk about that up to 3 times with the same date.  Do not pick the same interests each time though.
  • You get bonus points if both characters have matching professions or matching hobbies / likes.
  • If the character gets their heart broke three times, they will leave the agency.
  • If their date reaches 3 strikes during dinner, the date will walk out of the restaurant.
  • Every time, you unlock a restaurant; you are also unlocking new mini games.
  • If you know your date is an extrovert, you don’t have to worry about passing the farting mini game.  An extrovert will not care if you fart.
  • A date, who is an extrovert, will not care if you talk to your ex in the restaurant.  You will not have to lie.  If you are on a date with an introvert, you will have to lie or you will get a strike from your date.
  • In order for a couple to have children, they will have to be an A / A + pair.

Second Life: Broke down in paradise

Events: Pose Fair is now open.  TP Here.   Also, check out Cosmopolitan

Credits: (Check landmark page for links)

Outfit Shirt & Pants: RUST REPUBLIC [silhouette] @ Cosmopolitan

Head: Catwa Lona

Skin: Pumec (skin in the gacha machine inside the store)

Eyes: Catwa Mesh Eyes

Eye Appliers: Suicidal Unborn – -SU!- Osanna Eyes Fatpack (The Fatpack has more color options)

Hair: DOUX – Jessa Hairstyle

Body: Maitreya Lara

Pose: ::WetCat:: ‘Fresh’ Prop set [Bento]

Location: Baja Isles 

Second Life: Little Lamb

Credits: (Check out landmark page for other landmarks)

Outfit: RUST REPUBLIC [a simpl truth] gray body maitreya (The owner is such a sweetheart.  Check her stuff out. Mainstore)

Head: Catwa Lona Bento

Skin: Pumec  (This is a skin in the gacha machine inside the store)

Eyes: Catwa Mesh Eyes

Eye Appliers: Suicidal Unborn – -SU!- Osanna Eyes Fatpack (The Fatpack has more color options)

Hair: Lamb. Wide Awake

Ears: HARO Ripped Ears

Rings: .pt. deity ring – delux – m

Body: Maitreya Lara

Pose: ::WetCat::& UnFlat ‘Winds’ Pinwheel

IPAD Time Waster: Shedder Simulator Games

Shedder Simulator Games

Genre: Tearing shit up

Summary: Putting items in the shedder and watch it destroy things and make weird noises.

Thoughts:

I have not played this because I feel like in 2 minutes; I will be bored to death. As I said in the summary, you just put various objects into a shedding machine.  Judging by the picture, the developer offers a lot of things that you can just toss into the shredder even a bowling ball! (WOW) I seriously doubt they offer anything cool like a cucumber or human body parts.  It looks like the graphics are sub-par at best but I’m sure the sound effects would be over the top amazing.  I also read some of the best reviews for a game on here.  Players were getting super detailed about how the items should drop down the shedder which I found fascinating that somebody would take the time out of their busy day to write that review.

Recommend:

Probably not but read the reviews.

IPAD Time Waster: Avakin Life

Avakin Life

Genre: Social

Summary: You have an avatar in which you use to socialize with other people.

Thoughts:

I thought this was a pretty decent game especially if you are into socializing with other human beings.  I did not find the avatars all that great looking and noticed if you wanted to change your look, it would cost some money. At that point, I was just like “Fuck it,” I’ll be ugly. You do start out with an apartment which was unfurnished. I did somehow get a free unicorn and a dog but I am unsure how I did that.  There seemed to be a ton of places to venture off too (Bars, parks, etc) and several events that were also going on.   My first journey was at a bar because I wanted to know if my avatar could get drunk.   I could not figure out how to order anything and then realized that probably cost cash too.  So then, I went to a dog park.  I left my dog at home though.  Time was well spent at the park because I met my first friend, Martin.  (He was wearing a ball gag but seemed very nice) He encouraged me to find a job after I explained to him that I needed a lot of cash to get drunk.  I asked him what kind of jobs were available to a person of my quality.  I told him my interests were stripping and coupon clipping.  He said he would help me find my dream job.  That was exciting news, I had a new friend and would soon be employed and making lots of cash.  After our serious employment chat, I asked Martin to be my mail order bride.  I had to log after that so hopefully, he says yes soon.

Recommend:

I would recommend this game because it is casual and relaxing.  There was no goal to the game other than finding friends. My only real issue was camera movement and walking.  This is a personal issue because I’m really bad at reading directions.

Second Life: Photography Tutorial Part 1

A lot of people have asked me over the years how I take close up pictures and how I make the models eyes look so expressive.

Here’s are some things that I do when I take pictures.  I’ll start with my graphic settings for the pictures.

Graphic Preferences: (Click on any to enlarge)

I take my pictures in Ultra graphics.  If your computer cannot handle Ultra, try high or medium.  They will be at least better than low.

I save my pictures roughly around 6000 pixel width to 3000 / 4000 pixel height. After I am finished editing in photoshop, I will resize the picture to around 2000 pixels in width.  It’s better to save your picture as large as you can and then resize after editing.  I can try to explain this one all day but trust me, you will want to do this.

I use firestorm as my viewer. I find it’s better for taking pictures then the default SL viewer.

I use photo tools a lot.  The main thing I do is change the Depth of view -view angle.  I don’t turn Depth of Field on.  I just use the view angle on that tab.

DOF view angle combined with the free cam tool, you can use the mouse wheel to zoom in closer than you usually can.

See Part Two – Editing the face shape to make the eyes look more expressive

Second Life: Photography Tutorial Part 2

Photography tutorial part 2: How I make the eyes look so expressive.

Emotion in the eyes:

When it comes to capturing emotions in the eyes, I do a few tricks.  It’s not natural by any means.

1.       I do use mesh eyes. (Catwa eyes to be exact)  The hud that comes with the Catwa eyes allows you to move the eyes in different directions. This is helpful when you are posing to have the eyes stay in the position that you want them in.  You do not have to use Catwa eyes but it is handy to have that Hud with the eyes.

2.       Depending on what emotion I am trying to capture, I will move the mesh eyes up or down.  I find if I want to capture anger, hostility or even a sensual pose; I move the iris more towards the top of the eyelid. If I am looking for a soft, sad, depressed or even a more innocent expression; I move the iris closer to the bottom.  (See pictures below)

3.       I edit my face shape.  I have several shapes saved for pictures that I custom made myself.  With one shape, the outer corner of the eyes are intentionally turned downwards.  (Not a lot because I don’t want to make it super noticeable)  This gives the face a natural sadden appearance.  When you experience grief or are crying, the outer corners of your eyes will turn downwards.  When you are overjoyed or excited, those outer corners will turn up.  So based on the type of picture is the shape I use.

4.       Not all mesh eyes are created equal.  I think we all can tell the difference between noob eyes and high quality eyes.  I tend to use eyes that I know will photograph well.  There are a lot of good quality eyes that look great but for some reason just don’t photograph well. It’s just like real life when you think you look great and then somebody shows you a picture of yourself from a party and your eyes look like they belong in the black pits of hell.  After a lot of trial and error, I have found several people that make wonderful photographic worthy eyes.  (I have not tried all the eyes in Second Life – these are just my personal preference – use the eyes you personally like)

5.       Here are a list of eye makers to try out if you are struggling:  (Again, I use the Catwa Eye system with appliers from the designers below)

a.       A R T E

b.       Euphoric

c.       Go & See

d.       Song

e.       IKON (He doesn’t really update but his eyes are mesh and they come with a hud)

 

5.  Eyebrow shapes are seriously important to your picture.  The wrong eyebrow shape can really make your picture look like shit.   Here are two pictures using different eyebrow shapes: I think you can see the difference in facial expressions.

Will write up a tutorial for wind lights soon. So look for part three soon.

 

Black Desert: How to obtain sailing experience.

How to level up sailing?

Here is what you need to do:

·         Own a boat.  (A raft will not work)

·         Have lots of repair kits

·         You only gain sailing experience in un-mapped (unchartered) water. (Margoria Ocean)

·         You cannot auto-path in this area.

·         You cannot “AFK” sail in this area.  (At least it’s not recommended)

·         You will run into ghost ships and water sprouts that can damage your boat.

·         There are several daily quests in Port Ratt that help you gain sailing experience.

·         You can kill / hunt sea monsters. (Young Black Rust, Young Candidum, Young Nineshark) This will give you some sailing experience too.

Leveling up in sailing is one of the more difficult life skills to get experience for. BDO has reduced the experience you need for sailing to level up but really, not made it any easier to gather that experience.  You will have to decide if sailing that much is worth it to you.

Here is a random picture of my Shai character for no reason at all.

Conan Exiles: Compost

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