Goonies VS Zombies – Visiting Axis of Evil #sL

Its rare that i find time to go an play with friends in SL.

As part of a Surprise Flashpoint event that kinda didn’t work, i discovered ‘Axis of Evil‘ when logging into SL. It’s being promoted on the Destination guide so with my own experiences with being on login Destination guide i wanted to see how well it was performing.

So i thought, just turning up as a kid would be inappropriate so i got myself an awesome weapon and helmet from Deco on marketplace, bloodied up my shirt and headed over looking BADASS. Upon arriving i got an IM telling me i was to heavy with scripted attachments. Turned out my shoes were full of scripts so i went back on Marketplace and bought some heavy boots from Loki Dancer.

Now a fully armed and operation BADASS kid, i got my Goony brothers together and we went to try out Axis of Evil.

You start off in a welcome area with an almost Glados style voice telling you to grab a HUD and not to spam. Then it’s a brief practice to make sure your weapons effect the zombies before heading off down the tunnels.

Performance wise it was better when i went on my own. Having a group of people all shooting weapons quickly caused the Zombies to slow right down, registering hits sometimes minutes after. Contrary to this overall frame rate was great there demonstrating the varying levels of Script performance VS Display performance.

It made me wonder if pathfinding, removing animated prims would make any improvements.

I was pointed out that the Axis Of Evil sim is actually a Homestead and while in the past it has been said that Homesteads have specific Script limitations, i’ve found no official statement on this. But as someone who upgraded a homestead to a full region, i did see a noticeable difference in over all performance. Perhaps this is due to Homesteads sharing with more regions than a Full sim. I don’t know for sure as there is nothing definitively written about it form the Lab as far as i know.

From my own observations i could see areas that things could be improved. Having animated prims is so 2011 :-p. It’s always great to see how others do things and i picked up a few inspirations for my own island.

Overall we had a lots of fun and i can see myself kitting up to shoot more zombies in future.

#SL Goonies and the Destruction of the Mega MEGA Death Ray

It was a peaceful day at Escapades island until a new message from the Grand Master came through on the message interceptor machine. The Goonies gathered at the club house to listen to the message….

“GLORB, Lets not bother with the Mega Death Ray, instead lets install the Thermowosulator into the mega MEGA death ray, lets rid ourselves of the Goonies ONCE AND FOR ALL MWHAHAHHAAH”

The Goonies were not best pleased with the prospect of being blown up by a mega MEGA death ray so they hatched a plan to go underground to the secret base, find the Thermalwosulator and destroy it before it was installed……

#SL Goonies and the Sleeping Serpent

A mysterious chest appeared at the Rickety Town Centre amid all the newbs hunting for Eggmen.

The Goonies gathered to investigate and found a note on the side that gave a clue to where the chest came from

“Dear Goonies, 
       a gift for you, be kind and just DIE!
Sincerely yours,
     The Grand Master”

At this point Mr Doomdale the local debt collector and grumpy old man arrived and started telling the kids to disperse because they were making to much noise and scaring the Newby adult avatars.

Opening the chest the gang found a scroll. With the amount of scrolls the Goonies find on the island, they will soon be able to start up a library. On the Scroll were some words in an ancient language which Tepic being the inquisitive boy he is read out loud to the rest of the group.

“Medrid mor dragoon, difun ow cuscajor”

Suddenly Mr Doomdale started to choke and shake and a large cloud of smoke started to surround the old man. The Goonies watched in terror as Mr Doomdales body changed into a giant serpent dragon thing with wings and immediately started setting fire to the town and newbs.

After the initial panic and several minutes running around the Goonies set forth on a mission to uncover exactly what just happened. First some keene eyed Goonies noticed a symbol on the chest that closely resembled a similar symbol by the old gate in the Fae Forrest.

Soon the whole gang had found their way through the Fae gate into the Seelie Court where they found Dogstar, a strange looking Lesser Fae cooking stew.

After telling the fae creature what had happened to mr Doomdale they were told that they had found an old spell. Mr Doomsdale it would appear was in fact a dragon called Medrid placed under a Glamour Spell and what Tepic had done when he read the scroll out loud was break the glamour spell causing Doomdale to change into his true form, a Dragon Serpent.

The Goonies all face palmed before asking if they could somehow reverse whats happened before the whole of Escapades Island burns. Dogstar stirred his pot of stew before disappearing behind some trees. A few minutes later he emerged with a map.

“The only way you can reverse what you have done is by finding the five wyrd stones. This map will show you where they lay on the island. Once you have found them, you need to place them in a circle somewhere high and lure the serpent to the centre. Then shout the words of this spell “……………….” 

The spell has not been written down as Dogstar was particular about such powerful words, saying that this mess is because of people writing down words.

Anyway Goonies split up to search for the stones while others tried to lure the dragon to the mountain top.

Eventually all 5 Wyrd Stones were found and dragged to the mountain top and placed in a circle. The Dragon Serpent appeared setting fire to the surrounding trees but the Goonies stood fast and waited for the dragon to land in the centre of the circle.

Finally with a loud roar the dragon was in place and the Goonies started chanting the magik words….. nothing,… so they chanted again… still nothing. Then as if suffering from chat lag the Wyrd stones lit up and sparkles emanated from them surround the dragon.

The body of the dragon became engulfed in dark smoke and when it cleared Mr Doomdale was a grumpy old man again who promptly scuffled off blaming the kids for a right old mess, much to the relief of the Goonies.

So once again the Goonies dealt with another of the Grand Masters Dastardly Plans, what will he do next?……

All images taken by Nat Merit, check out his Plurk of the event as it unfolded.

If you are interested in Joining the Goonies Adventures, join the Goony Social website and be informed of when the next ‘Escapades Event’ is.

#SL Goonies and the Giant Claw of DOOM!

It came down from high above the clouds and slowed to a halt above Myrtil’s magnificent windmill. A Hovering machine with three propellers, beneath which hung a huge claw. The Goonies only had minutes to gather before the claw clamped down on top the windmill. 

The call had be shouted, and the Goonies came prepared and the game was set to stop the Grand Master from taking off with our favourite Windmill!

After the Claw, the remaining Goonies ventured underground to see what else was on the list of Dastardly Plans. All that is left seems to be two plans about GIANT RAYGUNS and some story about a dragon?

Jimmy battles a Lizard man woken by our noise

eventually we retreat back to the surface.
Finally we retired to the Goondocks John King Tavern to celebrate our victory and Myrtil danced a funny jig 🙂

Chapter 2: #SL Goonies and the Deadly Custard

It would appear i forgot to blog about the particular event.

After the madness of the Sky platform drama the Goonies quickly discovered that the Grand Master had written up Dastardly Plans to irritate the Goonies and stop their fun. Deep down in the Secret Underground base are drawings of what the Grand Master plans to do. On that list was the sabotaging of the Flying Ferret Sky Platform.

Another plan on the Grand Master List involved custard and sure enough the Goonies woke one morning to find the whole island covered in custard. With the island covered in custard there would be no way for snow to settle over winter meaning NO SNOW!!!!! meaning NO SLEDGING!!! and NO SNOWMEN!!! and definitely NO SNOWBALL FIGHTS!!! … something had to be done and quickly!

As you can see from the video many Goonies drowned in their attempt to destroy the Custard Pump. Luckily Goonies never say die so we all re-rezzed at rickety town and partied WOOT!