I was tossing and turning in bed trying to sleep, but couldn't. This blogpost was itching inside me so bad, that it's the only reason I got up so early.
Lately I've been frankly thankful for Linden Lab's failure to deliver group chat messages as everyday it's full of questions:
"Can someone send me a LM to the new hunt?"
"When's the new hunt?"
"What's the hunt of the month?"
My email is getting so full of these questions, so it's about time for me to announce it here as well:
There are no new hunts going OR coming for a while!
Last year our green little things really got spoiled rotten with hunts:
Lost Treasure of the Inca Warrior
Key of Hope in collaboration with Fantasy Faire
Mad City (+ Return of the Room 326)
Cry of the Peacock
Lennon Park Massacre
Mad City Christmas
I don't know of any other group in Second Life who creates that many hunts/games in a year! We did have a blast though creating them and hope you enjoyed them too.
However, my whole focus for MadPea has truly shifted. I'm getting sad with the idea of putting so much effort into creating something that lasts only a month or two. Then it gets destroyed and only lives in our memories. I wish we had the luxury to keep the hunts alive longer. It's exhausting to keep re-building and re-writing based on the hunt concept to give such a short life to a story.
|Demolition of Holiday Havoc|
SaveMe Oh approached me during the Dark Dimension hunt, suggesting MadPea should apply for a LEA grant to avoid the whole 'shopping mall' concept. I had never thought of games being art, but really, is the line that thick? We had one ally in Linden Lab, Brett Linden (one day I will marry him!) who kept encouraging and supporting us... now, he doesn't seem to be around anymore and none of the other Lindens show any interest to what we're doing.
We're struggling on this alone trying to make enough money to keep the islands paid off. It does get tiring at times. So yes, some changes needed to be made.
Please remember, we are a small group of freelancers without sugar daddies or sponsors or financial support. If you enjoy what we do, please support us and help us keep creating. You can do that by spreading the word, buying our stuff, playing our gachas and donating to this madness.
There are a lot of things coming, not to worry. Mad City is alive with events and happenings and possibly even small hunts! Game wise, Unia is next.
Later in the year we will have our adult hunt - Blood Letters.
|One of Unia game areas|
Instead of quantity, we're slowing down and focusing on quality, bringing you experiences you have never had in Second Life before.
I used to have this in my profile:
"We create fantasies that are beyond your imagination...
We want to make your brain tick, lure you into a world
where you unravel a mystery.
We want to show what can be done in SL
- and push the envelope even further -
challenge the limitations.
We want to trick your mind, drive you to the edge of frustration.
The payback is good, that's all you need.
Come and play - always something going on ;)"
I need to keep reminding myself about this. I WANT and NEED to make people feel and think. When I can move one person and give them a mind-blowing adventure, I'm happy.
Second Life is very much alive and evolving. I want to shoot all those whining about Second Life dying with sticky cotton candy because they are so blind to the truth.
Today in Second Life we can create games that have never been possible before. I don't want to hype Unia too much, but please trust us... It's pushing all the envelopes and truly challenging your mind and Second Life. There are several extremely talented people working nonstop to bring this experience out for you.
It'll be worth the wait.
Founder, Director, Writer and Dreamer
For those missing hunts, here are two great resources to look for hunts: