It is one of the most desolate yet fantastic sims we have come across. When we first arrived, it seemed like any hot southwestern city. The kind one might find while passing through to a better place. All that was missing was some old guy saying “hot enough for ya”? As we started walking around, little things began to toggle the coolness switch. The writing seemed familiar but not something we could understand. The builds were clean and simple. It was almost like some highbrow architects were sent back in time with limited tools and materials to make the planet magnificent with structures; they succeeded. Then we turn a corner and it hit usin the face like a pair of ruby red slippers!
WE WERE NO LONGER IN KANSAS TOTO!
The size of the beastly skeletons was scary enough then I started to wonder *what did these guys eat and who the hell ate them*… what I said out loud to Nika was “RUN”! We did and I fell in a pit of scorpions (ah familiar friends) and Nika did not. I still think she pushed me in somehow, but that is another post still.
When we reached the top of the tower we were amazed at the work it must have taken to complete this world. It had an Egyptian feel for most of our trek but not until I donned the garb and had my eyes removed did I realize where we were… This is where them suckers were headed when they boarded the pyramid express! At least that’s how I interpret the damned thing. The falling *secret things* freaked us both out… you will have to “SEE” them for yourselves.
It is a fun place to walk around with as long as you have a buddy to ask “WTF IS THAT” or “Are we there yet”.
Come check it out, it really is a cool place to visit.
Next stop FUNKY TOWN! Just kidding
“C’mon Fricken, We are leaving. Get off that throne, you are not a GOD, I don’t care what Nika says”
Well, its been a few weeks now that Keeme and I have been on the road. (http://simcrossing.wordpress.com/) We’ve been having a lot of fun, and exploring some really cool places. We’ve been following Rt 7 that runs through Linden Land for awhile now. Everytime we come to an ending point for the night, I save that location as a landmark, and I wait there for him before continuing any further. I have the most fun exploring when he’s here with me, and we’re seeing it for the first time together.
Sometimes though, I’ll get the urge to explore when he might not be around. Usually thats when I’ll ‘profile hop’, by clicking on the picks in people’s profiles to see where it takes me. Sometimes I’ll just open the map and click at random. Using the map usually doesn’t work very well, though. Most of the time it’ll either be an invalid location, a store, or some ugly section of mainland surrounded by ad farms. But a couple of days ago, I hit the jackpot..
As soon as I rezzed in at the landing point, I saw that this area looked interesting. It seemed to be a campsite. Nearby, a panther prowled around a campfire with a ring of rocks to sit on, and a cooking pot. A large tent and a gypsy caravan stood nearby. Just beyond that, a brick pathway led up the side of a moutain. I ventured just a little bit further to see if this whole sim was like this, or just a small area. The more I looked around, the cooler this place seemed to be. I resisted the temptation to look any further, and instead saved a landmark and left, so I could wait for Keeme.
We came back several hours later, and started looking around. This whole place was very well put together. It seemed like whoever built this sim put a lot of thought and effort into it. I thought everything was so beautiful. But rather than keeping my viewer set to mid day, I decided it would probably be even more beautiful if I set it to my favorite sky preset that I made for myself. The sapphire blue sky with all the twinkling stars looked stunning here. Keeme and I were on voice chat, and I kept gasping at how pretty everything was. At the bottom of the mountain there is a place you can click to rez a couples poseball that will let you climb up together. Keeme got a phonecall just as we reached the top of the mountain. I snapped a picture of him when he was away- it looks like I’m holding him up, LOL.
From the rocky path that circles the top of the mountain, you can see the rest of the sim stretched out below. On one side stands a huge house, where the five people who created this land call home.
I really thought this might have been a roleplay sim, or perhaps something based after a book or movie. Its so well detailed, it seemed like it must be a part of something. I was looking everywhere for a sign or notecard that might explain what this was for. After talking to one of the sim owners, I eventually found out that its simply a place for them to share and live. There seems to be no real purpose other than simply being beautiful.
Every inch of this sim has something pretty or interesting to look at. They did not leave a single area plain or unfinished. In fact, it seems to still be a work in progress as I’m seeing a couple of new things added just in the past two nights. Somewhere on the west side of the sim, they’ve decorated for Halloween. There is a mausoleum and a small graveyard with spooky sounds. But as I commented to Keeme, they even managed to make the cemetary pretty.
Dare To Dream is a joint effort between QTblondie Beaumont, Bob Taov, Claudy Yalin, Mhitsel Kappler, and Hilby Yalin. I still have not quite figured out if this place is a private sanctuary for the five people who built it, or if its meant to be enjoyed by everyone. I sent each of them a notecard telling them how much I enjoyed what they’ve done here, and asking what it was, exactly. All five of them received their notecards, but none responded. So I’m guessing its just a place that they’ve created, and they don’t necessarily have anything to promote. I did run into QTblondie last night, though. She seemed friendly, and explained that this is just their home. But she made no indication that it was not open to the public. In fact, there are little things around the sim that give me the impression that its meant to be enjoyed by all. They have a small wedding chapel thats really pretty. And a 7 Seas fishing area by some docks near the cemetary. From that, I will assume that anyone can come here. But please do respect their privacy, and treat this as their home. I stay clear of the house, and keep my wanderings to the more open areas outside. There is a lot more to see out there, anyway.
Another thing that I noticed is the abundance of poseballs. They are everywhere! There are many different poseballs for couples, as well as singles. And not just the regular static poses, either. These are the really nice animated ones that last a couple of minutes. Its a perfect spot to come with that special someone, and maybe get some nice photos or profile pictures.
It was because of all the group poseballs that I originally thought this might be some sort of RP sim. The campfire near the landing point has seating for almost 20, and the tent next to it sleeps 11. And I just love the gypsy caravan, its so cute! Its pretty small inside so it was hard to get a picture. If you come to look around, make sure you stop to peek inside.
Next to the house are some stables, with horses and chickens inside. (Sometimes the chickens will lay a golden egg, although clicking on it doesn’t seem to do anything, so I guess its just for fun). There is a horse pen outside, where several more horses graze.
As you can see, every bit of this sim was very well thought out. If you like to explore, I highly recommend coming here to look around. I just love it here, and find it a relaxing place to idle when I’m working in other windows.
On this journey through the virtual world (one I decided to become part of) are many magical things. Take the prim for instance. A beautiful piece of nothing that loves and hates us all at the same time (please do not compare the prim to my ex wife or I will have to hunt you down and introduce you to her). I don’t really get how they work and probably never will, unless they evolve into cookies… then we are in business.
The one thing I thought I had a handle on was stargates… who does not get the concept
Dial the number
Charge Ralph Nader with neutrons
and open a can of worm!
Well every damned time I do this I end up dead or make other people dead, or make everyone wish I was dead; death is my life. This time it was different, I did not kill us!!! I still can’t believe it. We ended up in one of the coolest sims I have been too so far. It started out with us fleeing from some mob chasing us down for a crime (you know who likes crime) and BAM instant cool place. I guess this time crime did pay; funny ain’t it.
It seems we were connected through a series of Stargates and just like the real one (yes I said real one) we end up in an unknown world… great for exploring I say. I don’t know how many there are but it sure is fun trying to figure out which ones are real and which ones just kill you. The killy ones I have no problem finding no matter how many time I yell “NO WAMMY’S”.
I love the look of Subnova and when you first get there Dradis locks on to you. I was in awe of the stained glass behind the Stargate, giving it that church and state come together feel.
It was all good until I tried to push the envelope… all I got was a one way pass to get the hell out.
I will try and go back again… once I figure out how to do it. Until next time Kittens… Keeme is tending his VR wounds.
I Have asked Nika this question more times than I care to remember or share. I started us out on the journey of a lifetime (months in SL terms) and I FAIL something as basic as “Knowing where we [world travelers] are”!
She smiles and politely says “We are still in Nowherevile Keeme, want Fricken to lead us out”?
*SIGH* Now to find my notes on the current trip.. NIKA” Before I finish calling her name she says “Top file under Silly questions for Nika in your inventory dear”. Now we are on our way and I promise to get cracking on the writing… if only I remembered the Flickr password
Nika *Sigh* “Keemeissolostwithoutnika111” Keeme “Thanks again” Fricken *thinks* and they make me pee in a box
I had resisted writing this post for a few reasons. One, I have been dealing with web hosting issues and other Internet related habits (thank heaven for wordpress.com). And TWO… I did not realize how difficult it was going to be to leave a VR piece of property! I was talking to Nika last night during one of our private voice chats, walking on Route7 (a blog post to be named later). It was so nice and peaceful, aside from our laughing nearly virtually and realistically peeing our pants. Seems Nika and I had stumbled upon a house where some “stuff” was going on… well… I will save that part of the story for the post it belongs to.
Where was I?
OH! We were having a nice quiet moment and I shared this with her (and now y’all). Leaving Nowhereville felt very much like when a friend, a close friend, moves away to a new state. Even if you did not see each other all that much, you knew they were there a few minutes from a smile and/or a beer. I was surprised at the feelings I experienced leaving the 1’s and zeros of that place. I know now why that is and its taken me this long to try and come up with the way to say it.
WARNING THE FOLLOWING MAY NEED A TRANSLATION DEVICE OR A DESIGNER DRUG TO UNDERSTAND
IT IS REAL. Yes that is the reason… it (SL) is REAL my amigos,.. The islands, the falling coconuts, the shopping even the damned cat. They are all real and many of us don’t really get it. Sure we are on the bleeding edge of it all and spend half our time explaining the great social experiment as being more than a de-weaponized Mario Kart. So here is the thing, we think of ourselves as open minded but still in the back of our minds try and play it off when things don’t go according to plan “Well I will just shut it down after all its only a game”. That’s not true (Sorry Radar here is where we are not on the same page, yet). Its like this… When you call a friend and spend hours talking about how you thought you defrosted the turkey last Thanksgiving and that’s why y’all ended up eating pizza and wings or how you think the new person you just met is the one (and the friend says this makes 5 this year alone). If you talk to someone about this its immediately understood. Now try and move that conversation back four hundred years… WITCH!
As you are burning you would surly think… “Damn I can’t even plurk this”
And that’s when it hit me… not as I was being burned for heresy, but as I was having a bad day and not knowing the reason. SecondLife is real life just far ahead of most of our time. The relationships are real, so the sadness, tears, laughter and ??? are just as real.
As we floated out of the harbour that last day I started to feel this and had no idea where we were really going to end up… but I heard Nika laugh at some silly thing I did and knew right there… I was taking “home” with me.
I have been going over and over the decision to travel the SL map with Nika Dreamscape.
Here is the thing… She is very sad about leaving the only home she has had here in SL. The reasons are bad economy = no money for play and my pride. I feel I should have really tried harder to keep her happy and not get all caught up in the whole “I need to pay my own way” attitude and my (now seems like a) silly little dream of this journey. I am happy she is coming with me and I know we will have a great time. We will share an abundance of memories on this emotion filled roller coaster ride, but I feel horrible knowing how sad she is now.
She will say “its OK I really want to do this” but that’s because she is the sweetest girl on the grid.
The thing is I am taking her from the lap of luxury to sleeping in garbage cans. She already misses her friends and home so bad it is affecting her when she is offline. So needless to say I feel like one uncool SL resident (make that vageraunt).
This was one of the first places (Bodega and Noyo rezzing area) I fell in love with in Second Life. I know its hard to comprehend falling in love with someone’s etch a sketch but it happens. I started a travel agency in those early days because it was what I loved doing the best… and I had a few people sign up as members (they did not know any better). I got away from the business side of SL , I could not commit to coming in and focusing my efforts on building/scripting or hooking (yikes.. did I say that out loud?). I can’t tell you who I dragged out there with me (Madison Carnot was one of my first victims). I was telling everyone how I was gonna “change SL” to be the best thing since sliced prim. I remember that great feeling from rezzing the cheapie motor bikes to riding the open roads of Linden’ness… I really could feel the air screaming past my head as we all crashed on that very first turn. But after about half an hour of hunting everyone down… we did it again and made it all the way from Noya to Bodega; Not and easy feat! I have since graduated from the bikes to parachutes and helicopters to hobo gear. I am a little more calm now and can be found most of the time adjusting my lobster wear than crashing off of free roads.
The one constant was roaming… and meeting new people. I loved it then and I love it more now. I have spent a lot of time in here as the title of this post indicates, I will make it to a billion before long (Keeme is bad at math and if its not possible please don’t say anything… let him dream).
So here is a toast to all of you I have spent time with or will spend time with going forward *CLINKS GLASS*
I can’t wait to get started all over again (this time I know what I am doing). “Now where did I put that map?”
First let me say, Nika, Fricken and I will be heading out from Nowhereville in about a week (See Nika for details on the top secret party). I wanted to extend my gratitude and love to all the residents there and a huge thank you to Crap Mariner for being a great Land Tyrant… “dude, not even one ounce of cruelty and unjustness man… I gotta say… you made me actually like you all over again (sorry no Christmas olive loaf this year)”.
Now that the candy ass moment is over… I want to tell y’all where I ended up today. Wait that’s gonna take too long so let me sum up. Stuart Warf and Nika were plotting this I am sure. After SW kills me so bad with his evil empire powers that it takes me an hour to log back into the grid. They TP me to some Stargate and tell me “lets go visit a Star Wars Sim” I agree. I love to screw with the Star Wars crowd by wearing my Star Trek digs… So we go and I end up in some huge tracks of land… Nice but alone. Then I see the dots and hear laughing from my amigos hiding nearby. I look up and we are in a Gorean role playing Sim Bun Shik. I ain’t no prude so I look at my motley crew and bark out commands! “Number one, take the helm. Wesley engage”. We take a shuttle to the strangest castle with mummified avatars standing perfectly still outside. I try talking to them but its no use. We go inside (Nika by now has transformed into some hideous robotic creature Stuart equally as hideous but he did not change). We went in and tried out some of the machinery.
Not in a sexy sexy way… just to see if it worked (it worked).
That is when it hit me (and Wesley Warf told me)… WE WERE GRIEFING! I felt ashamed and talked my crew into leaving. I am not into the Gorean scene but it intrigues me as I am sure it does everyone. Maybe not in a “I want it bad master, humiliate me now” but in a “I wonder how [fill in the blanks -LITERALLY]” sort of way. If you are from here and we offended you, I apologize. If you are into this scene maybe you can shed some light on what you get out of it (not the graphic “mmm we like to have spoons shoved into our ears cause it tickles our shoe shopping abilities”).. or not.
We managed to take some pics and I would love to come back, maybe get into character if its allowed… to see what goes on and maybe have a better grasp on the subject next time someone starts bashing it. I could speak up and defend the cause or silently scoff at them.
I wish Fricken could have come with… there was the cutest table with chains on it… and you know how he loves to STRETCH!
EDITED “Stuart kept going on about ‘freeing the slaves’”
Visited a Sim called Tobacco Road with my lovely partner Nika D. and its a wedding themed island. We walked around a bit (I found a lonely sad chair… made me think of some poor sap making it late to stop the wedding of his lovely and we… SCREW THAT DUDE... next time set yer watch schmuck).
We had a nice time after this and managed to hike up a hill and view the island from the top. It is a basic no thrills place with a few wedding props (outdoor setting with benches for his and her fam and a whatchamacallit thingie the idiots stand under when that preacher dude tells them she gets half at the divorce party). Its not a really fun place but I will be back to see how it looks after a few weeks.
So I failed to tell y’all the why’s and whats for this here Blog. I am traveling across the SL Metaverse and submitting evidence via this venue. I have a partner (literally in) crime, say hello Nika. We also have Fricken the cat tagging along with us on our journey of Hobo’ness. I will be placing maps of where were are as well as where we have been and going.In this land I was driving on the newly created Linden roads and having the time of my life. Nika by my side Fricken at the vets… thats when it happened BAM I hit a guy and stopped to offer assistance.
Nika was so lost in laughing her ass off that she failed to tell me the guy was in FRONT of the car not behind us and waiting to “Deal some justice“. We made a getaway and ditched the Mercedes. Now we can be seen traveling bike Hobo bike and Hobo raft on the same Hobo Channel.
Then I go back today to assess the damage and get hit by the General Lee (yes I believe it was a Weezle)… so I hop in like any run over cat would (sorry Fricken I now feel your pain) and end up under a bridge.