CSI:NY in SL: Trying to solve the latest case…

CSI ToolbarA new case came afoot on CSI: NY Island last March 21st. As usual, I went to the site, downloaded the latest tool bar, collected the evidence and went back to the lab. For some reason, this time around, the audio clips do not seem to work. The text version will appear for each piece of evidence analyzed, but for some reason, the list of suspects does not appear. So I’m stuck. I thought it was perhaps lag. Tried to listen to the clips on my home turf, which is pretty lag-free, still no luck. Asked one of the CSI managers, who suggested I check my Audio/video settings. Everything was setup as it should be. I’m stumped. Wow! A mystery within a mystery. I’ll keep trying. Stay tuned. 🙂

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CSI:NY in SL: The mysteries keep comin’

One of the advantages of hanging out at Club Random, late at night, is you pick up some valuable info fromFrozen margarita project managers. Many of them hang out at the club as well. On one of those nights, I learnt there would be more mysteries appearing in late February, early March. Though this news was already on the CSI:NY News website, none were live yet. However, a week later they became active and I jumped right in for not one, but two new cases to solve.

The first one, Frozen Margarita read as follows:

The highly-publicized “Still Lifes” exhibit at the Museum of Art in SL just got an unexpected addition. Among the perfectly preserved corpses lies Margarita Vanderville, the sole patron of the show — preserved just like her beloved exhibition pieces.

Like the others, this one involved collecting the evidence, questioning the suspects (the young nephew of the victim, the owner of the museum, who was having an affair with Margarita, and the wife of the owner). I proceeded a little too quickly with this one and ended up guessing the wrong culprit. Still, I managed to upgrade my status one notch.

The second one, was a new multi-dimensional blog mystery by Zuiker, titled Wheel of Misfortune. Unlike the otWheel of Misfortuneher mysteries, this type presents all the evidence, visual & audio, and you have to determine what happened. There are no hints, no analysis of evidence. You’re on your own. Once you think you’ve figured it out, you can post your theory on the CSI:NY blog, where a winning entry is chosen every week. I call this multidimensional because some of the actions are not in SL. There are websites to go to, and in this case, a phone number to call. Though it was long distance (212, New York exchange, natch), I did call it and got a recorded message by Anthony Zuiker. The cool thing about this number is that it is referenced in an earlier episode of CSI:NY, notably part of the 333 storyline.

This mystery looks at the puzzling death of a couple who have fallen off a ferris wheel cabin at the newly opened Linden Park.  You get to use your flying Ferris wheel cabinskills once more as you examine the cabin from which the couple fell. Thankfully, for us, a platform is located right next to the cabin. That platform, though, might be where the marksman was. If there was a marksman. Looking through the blog submissions, recurrent themes occur, pretty much in line with what I thought happened, though I’m more in favour of an accident than a murder. The key words leading me this way: metal projectile. Doesn’t mean a bullet…

The next mystery is scheduled for Friday March 21. It hope this is an indication this project will continue. There is a healthy crowd at Club Random every Thursday night, when Nexeus Fatale DJ’s live, and you can find some people every other night as well, dancing and chatting the night away. There are weekly photo contests to keep everyone busy, and winning entries are posted on the CSI sim and on the CSI:NY News site. Check out the results on Flickr, here.

New episodes of CSI:NY are scheduled for the beginning of April. I hope we see a conclusion to the Venus case, though not a conclusion to CSI:NY in SL.


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CSI:NY in SL: Venus Found!

With new mysteries appearing weekly in CSY: NY in SL, I took a look late last night to see if anything new Belove Crime Scenewas afoot. Although there was nothing reported in the crimelog at the lab, a look at the CSI: NY news site revealed a new murder had taken place.

I teleported to the penthouse of Sophie Belove in the Upper East Side, nearly rezzing right on top of her dead husband, conveniently laid up in a flower box, a bullet through the heart. Collected the evidence and scooted out to the lab for analysis.  The clues introduced a new organization: “Amor Mortis”, a secret business society. They also led us straight to Venus, the trigger-puller in this latest murder. In a video, we saw her finally nabbed and led to prison. Or was she?….

Looking for my promoted status, I went to the lab today. I couldn’t figure out why I was still not registering at the top of the rankings. I asked a manager and turns out there might be more coming, as there are three weeks still to go in the project.  A pleasant surprise, indeed.

Stay tuned!

CSI grade

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CSI:NY in SL: Venus’ Lair

Venus' LairI’ve been remiss in keeping this blog up to date with the Venus saga. Sightings are occurring weekly and I’ve managed to find all the locations, but no visible signs of the actual Venus yet. But we are getting close. This week’s sighting came in the form of a 911 call at the lab. Peter Clark, a previous suspect, bit Venus’ bullet. A card at the location of the sighting gave us further clues as to where Venus had been orchestrating the murders.

Club Random, CSI:NY in SLThanks to a thoughtful comment from one of my CSI colleagues, I found the place rather easily. A nice Machinima video summarized the importance of this latest discovery, as well as the identity of the planned next victim. Stay tuned…

I’ll be sad when this project comes to an end. A nice community has formed, especially at Club Random, where you can dance the night away with other fans. Thursday nights are not to miss , with Live DJ Nexeus Fatale. The music is as eclectic as ever, but Nexeus is always happy to take requests. Join us Thursday nights, 7 PM (SL/PST).

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CSI:NY in SL: The Case of Auld Lang Signs

The latest CSI:NY mystery was released on Friday. Celebrating the new year in style, this one involved aAuld Lang Signs corpse found embedded in the Times Square New Year’s sign. The clues to this particular case, however, have brought us back to Venus, still on the loose. As this game is scheduled to end in February, according to the original timeframe, pre-writers’ strike, it’s fitting that the loop would start to close at this point.

Found the clues and analyzed them. Unfortunately, one of the card, said to be at the location where Venus was last spotted by the lead detective, could not be found. Quite a few of us went up and down the said alley, without much luck. However, an interesting clue was located. Not exactly sure what it means at this point, but hopefully more light will be shed shortly. 🙂

CSI:NY in SL – Looking for Venus…Look up…Look way up…

Resumed my search for Venus last night, despite atrocious lag inworld. I’ve been averaging 4-5 fps in theNY in Second Life past week. Reasonable frame rate is usually around the 15 mark. Makes for some pretty jerky and delayed movement. But, with another sighting reported, I ventured in, determined to find the latest card.

One of the fun aspects in SL is the lack of gravity. You can build floating structures and flying, without the aid of any contraption, is a common way to move around this virtual universe. The creators of the CSI:NY mystery are taking advantage of this feature and taking us all up to a new level. The first mystery (High Flying) involves a floating platform (the Pegasus skydiving pad), where one of the suspects is interviewed. While we had been teleported directly to that pad  during that investigation, I didn’t realize it was up in the air until I tried finding Venus last night. According to the sighting report:

“A tourist on the Pegasus skydiving platform spotted Venus on a nearby rooftop. Head to the Venus crime lab to study the picture, then head downtown to figure out where Venus was when the picture was taken. If you’re lucky, you’ll recover some evidence from her perch.”

Camera ControlUsing the camera control I was able to look up from the site of the first crime scene and find the platform. Now I had to get up to it. I use a laptop without a mouse, which makes flying a bit of a challenge. Add the lag factor to it, and flying becomes more of an art than a science. I got acquainted with theMovement Control Panel movement control panel which helped me a lot, especially with flying upwards.  Thanks to a major clue from the log report back at the lab, I found the proper rooftop. Landing on it was not as easy. After much trial and error, I finally found the best way to do it: crash your avatar on the adjoining wall, then use the down arrow key to lower yourself to the rooftop. Not very graceful, but, hey, it worked!

I found the card and took it back to the lab for analysis. There’s trouble brewing….Stay tuned!…

Furry Love – CSI & SL Style

NY Murder by ZuikerWell, there were no references to SL in last week’s episode of CSI:NY. But on the next day, Anthony Zuiker posted the best 10 submissions to NY Murder by Zuikerthe “Mystery by Zuiker” to the CSI:NY website. I did figure out the mystery but had trouble posting to the message board. Turned out I was using the wrong password. Nonetheless, it’s been interesting reading everyone’s submissions. There’s supposed to be a new Mystery by Zuiker coming down as well. There’s one advertised for the 8th of December. Looking forward to that.

Meanwhile, a new case was also available when I logged on tonight: Furry Love. Didn’t take long to figure thatNY Furry Love one now that I know what’s expected and the procedure to follow. This one took us into the world of “furries”, or avatars that are in the shape of animals. Very important community on SL. There was a CSI (Las Vegas) episode (Fur and Loathing) that looked into this culture. I met a local SLer a couple of years ago who told me there were such furry conventions happening and it’s pretty serious business. Hey…whatever grabs ya…

There have been more sightings of Venus inworld. I’ll have to check on that. Also, seems like there will be a dance party happening every Thursday night at 10 PM (EST), 7 PM (SL time) for fans inworld. Will definitely check that out too this week.

Signing off,

Maxie Mostel
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