The 24 Squared September 5th through 13th!

Viva La Arcade!

Original post @ The Misadventures of Shady Ami & Redd.
So it is that time again!  The Arcade has struck the group of us like a bunch of kids.

This time around the theme seems to be gravitating towards the summer – sun, surf and other activities that require gobs of sunscreen, mosquito repellant or a cool beer.
For the first few days, we were unable to get into the Arcade – the sim was full!  Ami and I were so anxious to get in!!  We tried to busy ourselves with other activities, like garden cleaning, outfit making, inventory cleanup, but by day 3, Ami was like, “If I don’t get into the arcade tonight, I’m gonna cut a bitch!”  
For those not in the know, the Arcade is held on a homestead, instead of a full sim.  A homestead has when it is full can hold up to 33 people.
This is a mixed blessing. For those of us who were able to get in, it gives the shoppers a more intimate shopping experience, giving us room to move.  It also gives us the time we need to look at what we’re buying and not have to worry about swarms of people using the same gatcha and possibly overloading it.
The bad side is…you may get a lot of rejection – this sim is full and so on.  Or you end up like Ami, in a frothy rage by the time you get there.  
This song seems to sum up the situation:

Once you get in, you get to see the Arcade in its full glory.  

I was so excited to get in, I forgot shoes!!!

Archie – the spokesperson for the Arcade, dons a summer look!
When we eventually got in (we all went out separately), we all were giddy with anticipation.  One of the cool things about the Arcade are the different avatars that you can see:

Here’s a view of the interior of the Arcade.

Watch out – Grandma has the munchies!!!

I never had the ability to skateboard…so seeing a bear doing it makes me kind of jealous.

So -  what did we buy???

Here Petal and I are modelling off the MUST HAVE item from the fair – a headdress from Tee*fy!  Our outfits are from Lua’s.
Ami’s in her Wasabi Pills Hair.  They had 2 sizes – One for small and one large.  For 50L, this was a steal!
Teacup piglets!!! They are my favorites!  Look at all of them!!!  They are from !OhMai.  The surfboards are an item from Tabloid.
You know how much I LOVE plushies.  These cuties are from Intrigue, Co. 

There are plenty of treasures for you to find at the Arcade, and if you join their group, you can trade your items too!

Here’s your ride! The Arcade SLURL

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March Arcade Review

Original post @ Gacha Junky.

This March Arcade is all about spring and for those of us suffering in some harsh real life winter climates, it has been a welcome escape. Machines like 8f8, Lark and Pixel Mode will have you playing for complete sets. The great news is, the machines this round, over all, play wonderfully. The rate to which rares come out is not that frustrating. Everyone involved in gacha knows by now that people play a machine for what they want out of it. It looks like many of the Arcade creators have realized a reasonable rare setting is good for everyone. Getting those extra thousand plus linden out of a player by making the rare rate too low just makes people fee ripped off. Setting a machine right can be the difference between rabidly loyal fans and luke warm fans who dread wanting anything from a machine that a particular creator has made. That being said, this March Arcade has been totally pleasurable. I walked away very happy from most machines with out too much excess plus rares to barter with. 
I was not keen on the “coupon” rares that some creators adopted this round. It caused a lot of confusion and in the end you were left with a no trans item. Losing the freedom to try something on, or use it for a picture or for some length of time, then not have the option to trade it was lost on me. Especially for machines that are also set very difficult in the first place. In the end, trans coupon or not, the final product was a no trans item and that I felt skirted the rules a bit. Trust me, you dont need any gimmicks to get gacha junkies to spend linden or keep them from reselling something. If the item is fantastic, they will shell out more than they should and wont be giving it up.

Arcade Gacha Shown Here
Surf Co. – Stuff for the Beach + Home
8f8 – My Imaginary Garden
Lark – Farmers Market
Pixel Mode – The Happy Gardener
Silent Sparrow – Snugglewarmers
Tres Blah – Spring Living
Ingenue – Pandora Flats

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Learning to Decorate with The Arcade – The Happy Bath Time

Original post @ Playing Paper Dolls.

Learning to Decorate with The Arcade - The Happy Bath Time

I know that The Arcade September Round is coming to and end, but I promised 4 guides and I always keep my word. This 4th phase of the Learning to Decorate with the Arcade is called Take your time for 2 different reasons. The first one is that Home and Decor shots take longer that fashion shots, at least for me, maybe just because I am used to do fashion for years and stylings and pictures don’t take too long for me anymore. But for Decor I do not only need to work on the styling and credits, I also need to focus on building the set, finding appropriate poses for the furniture I want to shot and the do all the photoshop post-processing I am so terrible at. It takes a lot of time, but it is also a lot more fun that just styling and posing for fashion shots. My suggestion is don’t hurry, take your time and enjoy what you are doing. Someone taught me long ago that when you love what you do, it shows.

The Happy Bath - Details

The second reason is that after going crazy at these machines and getting so many amazing items, im my opinion, you also need to take some time for yourself. Relax, open every single box with care and take time to check all the little details. I believe that sometimes, on the rush, we don’t really take enough time to truly acknowledge all the hard work behind the goodies we just got, and sometimes it’s hard for us to reckon the value of items when they are low priced, and that, my friends, it’s a big error in this case, because the quality of the items on this event is absolutely astonishing and deserves to be recognized. 

The Arcade - Plushie Pals
Intrigue Co. – Plushie Pals: Puppy Pals Set by Katharine McGinnis (50L$ to play)

I must confess I feel sad that I didn’t have the chance to blog many other items I acquired this time, again, but I am sure I will be able to add them on future blog posts. That’s the reason I always include designer names on credits, so when an event is over, you can always try and visit the designer mainstore and check if they placed their gacha machines there (many of them do). The Arcade Organization even worked out a google spreadsheet with the different stores and gacha locations on their website, which makes our life so much easier.

The Arcade - Apple Fall
{Apple Fall} Pour Homme Set (75L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round

And if you can’t find a certain item do not worry there is a last option. The Arcade – Gacha Events is a open group (with some rules) for trading items from The Arcade Events, and it is true that during the round they mainly trade the current round items but when it’s over the groups goes CRAZY, crazy I am telling you, and people trade items from previous events as well. So if you are a Arcade lover and would like to get any of the items from previous rounds, just join this group and get ready to join the mad house of collectors, you won’t regret it.
Now waiting for December Round *giggles* Oh wait, almost forgot … Credits! … sighs …

Learning to Decorate with The Arcade - The Happy Bath Time
Hair: eep hair 00 mocha (by eep) on sale
Skin: Glam Affair Neva América 03 (by Aida Ewing) available @ The Boutique
Eyes: IKON Perspective Eyes – Blue (by Ikon Innovia) available @ The Boutique
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands Relaxed (by Siddean Munro)
Feet:Slink Mesh Feet Flat barefeet (by Siddean Munro)
Nails:  Nailed It Love Donna Flora set red (by Giela Delpaso)
Pixel Mode - Old Time Bathfrom My Happy Bath Set by Tya Fallingbridge (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round 
Schadenfreude Elephant Brocade Dress Form from Dress Forms set by Allegory Malaprop (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade June Round
Tee*fy Aurora  Nightdress Peach from Sleeping set by Azure Electricteeth (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round 
The Happy Bath - Details
Pixel Mode – Old Time Bathfrom My Happy Bath Set by Tya Fallingbridge (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round 
Pixel Mode - Distressed Stool from  My Happy Bath Set by Tya Fallingbridge (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round 
Pixel Mode - Flower Bowl from  My Happy Bath Set by Tya Fallingbridge (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round 
Pixel Mode - Cucumbers My Happy Bath Set by Tya Fallingbridge (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round 
Color.Me.H.O.F Mesh [Body Cream] by Fashionboi Landar from Runway Essentials Set (75L$ to play) available @ The Arcade June Round
Tres Blah – Vanity – Nail Polishes (by Julliette Westerburg)


[ keke ] tincture bottle – st johns wort from Dreamers medicine cabinet by Kean Kelly (25L$ to playavailable @ The Arcade September Round
O.M.E.N. – Little Mermaid Shell & Sparkle from O.M.E.N – Fairytakle Gatcha set by Damien (damascuvera) (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round


{Apple Fall} Bastide Vanity from Vanity Set gacha by Apple Fall (25L$ to playavailable @ The Arcade September Round

Alouette 8 bit heart bookshelf from Bookshelf Gatcha set by Scarlet Chandrayaan (50L$ to playavailable @ The Arcade September Round

Basket: Prim extracted from the {Apple Fall} Bastide Vanity Set gacha (yes I love breaking things in pieces)

[ keke ] tincture bottle – cinnamon from Dreamers medicine cabinet by Kean Kelly (25L$ to playavailable @ The Arcade September Round
{Apple FallScented Candle (Jasmine) from Vanity Set gacha by Apple Fall (25L$ to playavailable @ The Arcade September Round 

Trompe Loeil - Rings Desk Lamp from  Lamps! Part 2 Set (25L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round.

Picture Frame and boxes extracted from Alouette  Dollhouse Bookshelf from Bookshelf Gatcha set by Scarlet Chandrayaan (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round (strill breaking things)

Pixel Mode - soak, unwind, relax from My Happy Bath Set by Tya Fallingbridge (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round 
The Loft Bailey Bathroom Mirror by Colleen Desmoulins.
Schadenfreude Elephant Brocade Dress Form from Dress Forms set by Allegory Malaprop (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade June Round
Tee*fy Aurora  Nightdress Peach from Sleeping set by Azure Electricteeth (50L$ to play) available @ The Arcade September Round 

The Happy Bath 2


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The Arcade is Coming!

Original post @ Gacha Junky.

The Arcade is less than a week away. The excitement is building like it always does and soon we will all be neck deep in the gacha. After the trading and yardsaling has died down don’t forget to unpack your things! This new machine by Mishmish is one you will want to display. A collection of Mishmish style cats adorned with regional outfits and accessories have tons of character and the rares are well worth digging for. The case has a color change interior and the cat companion that attaches to your avatar will speak if you click it.A little mew escapes and you hear him in local “*MishMish* Traveler Kitty – RARE: Morbid Deceit poked my belly” or “*MishMish* Traveler Kitty – RARE: Hey, Morbid Deceit! Let me take a selfie!” There is more to discover about this little guy so head for Mishmish June 1st at The Arcade!

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Vintage Arcade

Original post @ Gacha Junky.

Balaclava!! proves to be a master tinkerer again with this release for Level Up! Clear a space for one of these old time arcade games now because they are not likely to end up gathering dust in your inventory. As you stand at the wheel local chat readies you and up to three more players for the race to begin. Your camera will automatically position itself to the perfect spot and a simple rapid click of the up arrow sends you down the track. This piece is thoughtfully made and at home in any interior. It has noises, movement, animation and four player action, what more could you want! Available in a bike race or horse race version.
Seven Emporium always delivers with an unassuming idea. What arcade is complete without a change machine? Boring? I think not. In Second Life its all about the details and once again Seven Emporium provides the final touch. This piece features poses and has a nice change sound when you click it. You can get this, a racing flag and an Arcade Rules sign at Level Up! which opens today at noon slt. Also featured here is a soda dispenser by Consignment. A must have for any racing enthusiast or totally hip greaser. 

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Bonsai Madness for the Arcade Gacha Event!

Original post @ MadPea.

MadPea Productions has been invited to participate in the awesome, Arcade Gacha Event.  The Arcade Gacha Event is NOW open once again, and this time MadPea has a chance to share the excitement with our Peas and gacha addicts.  
We are presenting the Bonsai Madness collection.  16 bonsai trees for this round. They are lovely, but you don’t have to take my word for it. You can collect them and see for yourselves. They are now available through the 31st of June. 
• Each tree is 50$ L, each one has a match and when paired together play sounds.  Special effects on touch.
We are humbled and honored to be a part of this amazing event!

  Two Trees of a kind 

play the symphony of souls 
in sweet harmony. ♫ 
♪ ♩ ♫ ♬

Collect them all at♫ ♩ 
Psst…don’t forget your pre-loaders and if you can’t teleport in, there is always off-sim shopping available too…♬ ♫ 
♫ (THE ARCADE-Galley)♫ 

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Exile @ The Arcade June Edition

Original post @ » Event Coverage.

Well hello there gentle readers.

Exile is participating in the June edition of The Arcade with London To L.A; two gorgeous hairs accompanied by two equally lovely sunglasses.

There are 10 commons, 5 rares and each play includes 2 styles/2 glasses at 100L per play. Check London To L.A. out below!.


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New bitch. Baggy Pants, Arcade Fun & Soho Market

Original post @ A Rose By All Other Names » Hunts.

I am enjoying the bitch. version Casual Baggy Pants and you can too, even if you’re male because there are bastard. versions as well!  Both can be found this round of The Men’s Department and in this post I’m feeling playful with Piper Plaid.

bitch piper plaid 2

Finally having made it to this month’s Arcade, I picked up lots of fun gachas, some of which I’ve paired with my very cool Piper Plaid pants.  The boots are Color.Me.H.O.F. Mesh Rider Boots, red gacha, and I picked up this adorable doll friend, huggie dori.  He’s been helping keep me company while my wife is away tending to her real life duties.

bitch piper plaid

The refreshingly soft skin I’m wearing is a Skinnery gacha, Alice 6, and I found this IAF fringed and beaded sheer top at Soho Market.  Below is a closer look at Alice and I’m wearing Tameless Hair’s recent popular release, Pippa.  I am among the many who couldn’t resist!

bitch piper plaid 3

I’ll have more of the bitch. Casual Baggy Pants, coming up with more Arcade wins and DE Designs newness!

bitch piper plaid 4


I am wearing:

Pants:  bitch. @ Rustica – Casual Baggy Pants in Piper Plaid (currently at The Men’s Department)

Top:  IAF Sheer Beaded Fringe Top in Black (currently at Soho Market)

Boots:  Color.Me. House of Fox – Mesh Ride Boots in Red (Gacha @ The Arcade)

Doll: – My Sitting Doll Friends Huggie Dori (Gacha @ The Arcade)

Skin: The Skinnery – Alice 6 Toffee (Gacha @ The Arcade)

Hair:  Tameless Hair – Pippa in Black

Earrings:  Zibska – Placide

Nails:  Bamboo Nails – Red Fishnet

Eyes:  Orage Creations – Showgirl Eyes in Blue

Poses:  Flowey Poses

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