Saturday, February 20, 2010

Winterfaire Continent: Second Life's White-headed Stepchild

Just as with last year, people bought their land, plopped copies of their shops down with a little Christmas decor, then forgot about them. 

The people across the way from me proved somewhat clueless.  First, there was this dark castle which they took off after a day.  Then, they made this absurdly tall building with superglow on top.  That old "they'll see it from a kilometer away" mentality.  Does it ever occur to such people that MOST viewers are NOT set to any great draw distance?  By the time the building rezzes folks are already in Turtle Dove.  Not only that, the top of their building is too high to rezz and fades away into the sky.  At the bottom in an openair plaza they had a sexbed.  One of them was seen parading around topless. Yes, in a PG region.  They were ARed by a few people. Gone. 

This went for several prefabs which included the sexbed.  They settled on a chalet behind some Linden pines until  after New Year's, when they derezzed everything but some dual dancing poseballs.

The guy who outbid me for the south lands put ugly cubes and temprezzers, which bogged down the land and were returned to him after several complaints. He has replaced this with an irritating "art" installation of noise and temp rezzers which once again hog the region's resources.  Guess he thought no one would notice.  Well maybe on Prancer they wouldn't.

I consider the diner idea a success.  Unlike last year's makeovers, customizing The Golden Yak for an event or holiday amounted to sticking new cutouts on the window or updating its sign.  March will see me at sandboxes perfecting the build, adding a counter and stools, designing a retro neon sign, and so on.

Until then I have one more event planned before my winter getaway closes.  Mark February 27th down and watch the Yak's illuminated sign for details.

At the moment the diner is in Mardi Gras mode.  Cap'n Shinez' ship is on the roof. That extra piece of land for prims has served me well; last year I had to make sacrifices to keep the noobs. 

You have through this Sunday to get beads from the float noobs and original Mardi Gras shirts from the freebies replicator inside.

I've just learned the final weekend has 2 reasons to celebrate: Purim and Holi.  I'd better get the decorations ready :)

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