Prim Space on Grids

Digital Chaos End of 2016

At the end of the year, I’m finally figuring out just how much playtime I can have in the virtual world. It’s not much compared to what it was years ago. Work keeps me too busy to even keep up on the gaming blogs, and I’m delighted. I love my work, so this is a very good thing.

To be honest, I was going to shut down. Think I’ve even mentioned it here. But I’m working on my editorial calendars and feel I’ll keep this blog going. Elpis may not be done putting her Myst inspired exploration stories out there. I would like to keep a place to gripe or just plainly report on the virtual world thoughts I have.

Not sure if I’ll try for a once a month post or a quarterly post here.

Elpis hasn’t done much this year. She may or may not do something to show before summer. I’ve got a fantasy series to publish this spring, plus promotions for another author, a special book release for Sandie, and we are reworking Sandie’s two series to bring them up today and prepare them for fundraising efforts.

All this while making my debut as THE Coffee Copywriter. My new business venture. Breaking out from current client sector into a new one designed to work with my future shop plans.

I am a loner in Second Life still, breeding oyos and biobreeds. I visit the grid a few times a week to get babies and feed them. I do still observe what’s going on in the breedables world and with other people on the grid.

All grids have went through a residential slowdown this year, and Second Life is no exception. I expect a bit more slowdown in Second Life as Sansar opens in 2017 and many move there. I also expect a bit of a pick up for other grids as those who do not want to go to Sansar take a closer look at those.

Oyos disappointed me in Second Life this season. They ruined the horses there for me. Made them into some sort of Barbie wanna be joke with the new hairs. I really did heaven all I had after the update. I explored a little this morning and see some changes at markets. Less lives are out for sale and many of what are for sale are older ones that were not updated. And some serious price drops. This implies I’m not the only one unhappy with the change.

I pointedly gave my opinion to Jenni in Inworldz. I’m one of their biggest breeder on that grid and wanted to make myself clear. I tried, I really did. I tried to get used to the hairs and warm up to them in Second Life, but just could not. I suspect my days as being a large horse breeder in Inworldz will come to an end if those hairs move there. As will a few others who breed like I do.

No loss for me. I’ll adjust, if needed. More elephant breeding. And I have a ton of retired horses saved up to keep on my sims. No need to update them. I’d just have to build more for the charity efforts.

Charity efforts for 2016 went well. We took in 12k for Toys 4 Tots through Kaedara breedables. I’m about ready to close out the current kiosk and put out a new one for 2017 for our Relay For Life efforts. It’s possible our 2016 yearly total will be around 120K when I do that. Not too shabby for a two person effort and less than six months’ work.

I stay in Second Life for the beauty of the Biobreeds animals. When it comes time, I’ll be sad to say good bye to my digital friends. It looks like that will be the end of it, for Biobreeds will be in Sansar. I get the feeling they don’t feel capable of handling staff for two grids and so won’t be coming to Inworldz.

I can understand that. A lot of oyo work is up to Jenni. She has to manage both Second Life and Inworldz. One has to stay on top of things with SL folk and the grid isn’t as nice on breedables as Inworldz is. Plus she holds down a RL job. As a result, her IW to-do list seems to move at a much slower pace.

I try to be understanding and not get bitter. But am disappointed about the blackrose horn script. I’ve had a few born that are a bit useless to me now. I really wanted the new texture on it. So sad. That was the main new horn I looked forward to enjoying so much. Maybe she’ll get around to it in 2017 sometime.

Still, she does an awesome job getting done what she does get done for us. And we never have to wait to get help from her. Just hope they get more staffing help or something before the grid grows. Too much for just one person.

The horse and elephant vendors are great. Sadly, not many are taking advantage of them, so buyers still have to be careful. And they’re not watching them closely to catch any broken before they sell. Can’t understand that myself. Only issues I’ve had is that the horse vendors don’t show horns for unicorns, and the elephant vendors don’t show wild or tamed traits. Should tell Jenni I guess. Hoping she makes them for all the breedables.

If you’re a new visitor here and you need something other than watching television to do with your time, give virtual world gaming a try. There’s plenty of online games out there. I love mystonline.com – and it’s free to play. The game is ran with funds from player donations. It’s expanse though, so may be a good idea to find an older player to help guide you. One or two areas are better played with a buddy. Join the forums and ask for help…ask where to start if you do download it.

My old persona there during the live gameplay days was ms. isis of Myss Terrie’s Bevin. (Bevins are now known as neighborhoods. Didn’t like the change myself. I prefer bevin and will continue to use that term if I write more fan fiction.) I worked as a guide within our bevin, and I’ve been known to enlist new players in Second Life and help them get started.

To give you an idea of how much there is to do there, I created my own flipbook (handbook) to keep at my desk when I had to guide someone. That thing is 3 inches thick, at least. There’s nice online guides out there to use now. People can direct you to them via the forum.

We created Friends of the Fissure before the live version of the gameplay ended. And continued it after. Myss Terrie created a point and click adventure webpage to show our creations off. Sadly, after we lost our dear friend Gandhar to heart attack, the interest died down for it. Although I did continue to write Elpis’s journeys. I just had her break off from FoF and set up her own base.  You can still see the point and click adventure here. Just click in the sky – upper left side.

My characters are Elpis and Sophrosyne in that journey.  I still have them in mystonline.com

There are independent gameplay creators in Second Life too. To join is free. To have a home takes either joining the membership, with which you get free rent for a 512 section of ground or a house on their prebuilt communities. You may also not join the membership and just rent from someone whatever house, skybox, or parcel of ground you wish. I suggest signing up and just playing free and homeless for awhile. It takes time to get to see the grid, meet people, find what’s available, and get your viewer to work right. There’s so many settings to get just right for your computer and connection.

There’s less gameplay in Inworldz versus Second Life, but it’s a super grid for building, sailing, flying, riding, and hanging out with people. As with all grids there can be some quirks to performance at times, but overall, it runs much better than Second Life. Of course, as with all things, there are exceptions. Particularily if you live in an area where your connection does not travel well to the servers. This is true for all grids.

Less people on Inwordz also means more privacy without having to get “rude”. For creators and builders, this is a huge plus.

If you’re looking to get into virtual worlds to make a paycheck, I can’t help you. I used to. But what worked back then when I did make a profit for me, doesn’t really seem to work so well now.

I guess I profit in Inworldz with my breedables. But since 90% of what I do make goes to charity, I really cannot say I do. Even so, I bet if I add it up, profit would only be 50% of my cost, without including tiers. It’s just very inexpensive in Inworldz, no need to count prims for the most part, and I’ve found some of the most wonderful people there.

Til next time!

Happy New Year!

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Categories: Biobreeds, Breedables, Games General, Inworldz, Myst Online, oyos, Prim Space on Grids, Second Life, Virtual Worlds | Leave a comment

Some Virtual World Rambling Both #secondlife and #inworldz

Rambling thoughts on Virual World life and the future

It seems that the days of my former virtual world living are over. Perhaps even getting closer to a time where I won’t be inworld that much. I don’t think I’d leave outright…I’d be in during Relay for Life season, and at least a few times a week to check on my breedables. Let’s face it. Unless I get to a point where I have a farm load of critters, I won’t leave the breedables scene.

But Life is full, and I’m in process of taking on a HUGE undertaking with my business that will take my time up for the next three years. It’s one of those really scary things that involve a huge investment in one’s time, ambitions, and resources. A good thing with a very good end projected.

I’m still on both grids. Here are my thoughts on recent experiences to add to what I’ve said before.

Inworldz:

Still the awesome amazing place as always. I’ve noticed some have given management a hard time because something hasn’t been fixed like yesterday. The joys of IT. End users can’t comprehend the thousands of lines of code, the multiple testing that has to go on, and how much time this takes. And in Inworldz, you get ones believing Inworldz should be just like Second Life and should run on same schedule.

Fact: a few programmers working together just will not be able to work as fast as a fleet of programmers.
Fact: programmers who take the time to go over everything and test it properly first will take longer than those who just “fling stuff at the wall and see what sticks”
Fact: This is not Second Life…if you want that, stay there. I’m only on two full grids, but imagine each grid has it’s own unique characteristics. Expecting each of them to be just like SL is insulting and it doesn’t make you look well.

I don’t envy grid developers. People pay and people have certain expectations. Myself included. I’ve given them my own form of grief a few times. Luckily, there are many people who understand the challenges as I do, but the bottom line is if we can’t get what we want, then we’ll take our money and time elsewhere. Keeping up with all the personalities and the expectations to keep a business viable is a huge challenge.

Hopefully we’ll find out with the next update that all issues with sailing, crossing, and sitting have been resolved, and they can move onward to the next improvement.

Hopefully, we’ll see that the v2 horse bundle issue has really been resolved. Mandy and I have unboxed our sales ones now, plus I have two test groups out, on the ground and in a skybox. This next update will be the real test. If it busts the bundles again, I may just go to selling lives, like a few others have.

Finally, after Mystic and I have tried to wake people up to the issue for months, they’re checking their bundles and now complaining. I fear what will go on if we find out it’s not fixed. People will not be patient for more broken bundles for long.

Inworldz is my home. I do not plan on having to cut back on space. It’s clearly evident that we’re able to really do so much more with our space than in Second Life. I mean..if one wants to enjoy their breedables on roam or movement on to a reasonable degree…if one wishes to cross a sim line without crashing or zipping through the grid…if one wants to rez something and not have to panic about primspace…if one wants to build something cool out of all prim types without things exploding…and more.

Time will be my biggest issue…Elvenglades is almost finished. I just have to finish filling the castle in Moor-Knight, and the forest in Hudan. With my next business step I’ll be working 60-80 hours for a time, then hopefully I can be down to 40 hours come January. Some duties I can perform while enjoying the game atmosphere, even if I don’t get building time in. Inworldz is where this will happen.

One thing I wonder about Inworldz, is player retention. How good is it? On examing my personal group, it looks as if many come in and then just fall off. Only a few appear to be regularly using the game. Will this improve once the current crossing and sitting issues are resolved? Or has this started before then? Perhaps, the world players as a whole have been looking for something that makes the gaming decisions for them. Inworldz gives us freedom and the ability to exercise freedom to be in our own world and develop it out as much as we like.  For the more independent player.

Second Life is more directive naturally because of its size. The one element that gives it an edge and keeps it on top of the other grids. There are more reasons, but they can all go back to size. With more people come more options. With more builders come more variety. With more people come more community personalities that one may fit into.

Inworldz is less challenging in the way that it really doesn’t break down as often, the updates are set at more convenient times and more well thought out versus hurried through, and you get so much more for the price also meaning you don’t have the challenge of having to count each and every prim, making a sacrifice each time you want something new.

Perhaps people prefer a more challenging existance and find easy living boring. Maybe it just goes back to size…people are lonely and are dependent to the point that having that many players in the same game at the same time is a necessity for enjoyment. I don’t know. With all the increased benefits with Inworldz, there must be a more deeper reason people stick with Second Life.

Second Life

Yes I’m there still. I can safely say it is ONLY for the breedables though.

KittyCats and Biobreeds. Two breedables people often express a wish for in Inworldz. And if they were to come to Inworldz? Oh my, the resident population would explode. I guarantee it.

I am doing some oyo elephants&sabres and a pair of amaretto horses there too, but getting close to letting those go.  I have a good stock of store offerings now. Sales are still just as tough there as they are with a small group that is in Inworldz. Actually, tougher.

Forget selling oyo for the minimum 500L they imposed at their main. I’ve done various tests. People want to pay 100L and will only pay more past a certain point, and definitely not to the point the “experts” say they should. The buyers control the prices, not you control the buyers. Force them, and they’ll just go to where they can have fun instead of worry about meeting your expectations. I’ve witnessed the move to or back to Biobreeds because of this controlling, damaging attitude.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s a small group who do pay more, and there are those who have learned to market within that area. All breedables do have this element.

Rest of SL just doesn’t interest me anylonger. I’ve been able to experience having the ability to go to a full sim and still function well in Inworldz. Without someone screaming at us to take this and that off, to sit still, to do whatever. Now, subjecting myself to that in SL is just a disruption to my day.  I’ve grown used to things actually rezing in without crashing me or making me wait forever. Sure, there are those certain areas in Inworldz that seem to have a little issue with this, but not like SL.

And the breedables…have a few oyos and they got stuck, froze for days before I realized it. Never happened in IW. Just the typical sometimes you have to convince them that they do like one another and breed. All grids will have breedables issues…it’s just the nature of scripts. But maintaining takes more work and time in SL than in IW. And in SL, one has to keep movement off, sound off, etc at the marketplaces, whereas IW seems more capable of handling such things. And at home? Varies with the breedable, so maybe I won’t specify on that. But will say that I am more impressed with sim ownership and breedables in Inworldz than with SL.

Of course, I work hard to keep conflicts down, unlike some.

My SL life will suffer in a couple of weeks…downsizing some more. Will be on my owned parcel and one or two market spots then. My plan is to make it where I just check in once a week to take care of my animals. Why stay then? I don’t know. Maybe I won’t. It’s possible. I’m just waiting before making a final decision, to see what my time and desire is at once I really get into my new business venture.

I can say it’s the cute kittycats and the cattery that helps keep me there. They give a lot of prim adjusting benefits. And the Biobreeds, so well done, and one of the few breedables one can actually turn on without dragging sim performance in Second Life. I love my wolves and have been healing a pack of them to breed again. Those will make sure I don’t leave right away.

Plus, I am in my family groups and care to stay in touch, to know how they’re doing in life.

Myst and Elpis

I’m adding this on the end. Elpis and her journeys are on hold now with this new business undertaking. I’m sure she’ll come back in the future, at least to the Myst Age journeys. Just not until Spring.

The fiction time will be reserved for the upcoming fantasy series and the other novels coming out next year.

 

Categories: Biobreeds, Breedables, Games General, Inworldz, Myst Online, oyos, Prim Space on Grids, Second Life, Virtual Worlds | Leave a comment

Virtual Comparison SecondLife and Inworldz

Now that I’ve given my light return to Second Life a few months, I feel it’s time for a review.

The avatar I’m using is still incognito, and I still haven’t felt the slightest urge to reconnect with old friends and family. I do, however, have her hooked up to keep tabs on them because I do care. Have even prayed a few times for those in need.

I know, not nice, according to some people’s standards. But I am a natural hermit, being reclusive suits me. It is what it is.

I have decided if I ever decide to connect again, I’ll use one of my alternate avatars. Not Elpis. Elpis definitely has left the building. *smirk*

My avatar has her own land, two rentals, and three sales rentals now. She’s lurked during the groups and hung out with her animals.

The verdict is: Second Life just doesn’t have the mojo that Inworldz does.

1. Performance.
Testing with three computers varying from high game to basic operation capabilities, and a higher speed internet.
Finding is: Second Life just doesn’t perform as well as Inworldz.
Rezing is tougher. Mesh isn’t handled near as well. I will admit mesh is a ton better than it was. LL has really improved it. Sounds are slower to respond.
There’s more drag, more crashes, more everything negative than what I find in Inworldz.
A few issues that arose years ago still remain. These keep me from being tempted to try building again.
My friend and I still have to send our SL messages to each other in Inworldz because we can’t get offline messages through in SL still.

2. Activities.
Now this is only through observation, since I’m not involved.
Activities seem high, as I would expect with the larger grid. They seem well organized and well thought out. Lots of things to interest anyone needing to fill in some time.
Group chats seem well maintained. Trolls still abound…some group monitors are good with dealing with it, others choose to ignore it. But for the most part, members seem to be supportive of one another.
(exception being the market nazis..see my page on that if you wish to hear my diatribe on it)

3. Linden Labs.
Still a corporation ran like a corporation, but I see a lot more personal connection on their end to their customers. This is a good thing. As always, in such cases, you never know if they’re being truthful or telling you everything. Safe to assume no, due to some level of secrecy is always needed for normal business operation.
Improvements on grid: I say they’re working better at it, if not harder.
Upgrades, still done at wrong times inconvenient for most residents. People have just resolved to put up with it though and adjust accordingly.
TOS: yeah, still not going to get my original stuff on their grid from me. Still sucks.

4. Breedables.
For a review…breedables are still very enjoyable on this grid. If you want to breed and stay alone or in your small family group that thinks alike, it’s fun. If you would like to use your breedables as a way to socialize, the loud mouthed market nazis will find you in a few groups and harass you. It’s a shame. (again see my market nazi page if you like to see more of my thoughts on this)
The breedables world seems to still be growing and not caring when the end of SL will come, which we all know will. Which is a healthy attitude. Even without Sansar being released, there’s never any guarantee of a game remaining in operation.
Extra points go to Kittycats and Biobreeds. They keep growing and don’t allow bashing to go on about the secondary market. They still understand that the true fun in breeding is just being able to get different combinations, and that the selling doesn’t mean a lot to many. They create solely for the love of creating.
I suspect if there weren’t market nazis, the majority of breeders, who are ones who stay silent because they don’t have time to deal with the BS, would team together and have huge breedables trade groups and swap meets. (Gosh! wouldn’t that just burst the market nazi’s bubble?) You can still find them, just not that many.

Personal findings:
I did elect to be a paid member with SL again and have land. More for the sake of privacy than anything else. Being a member is still a good deal, based on what you get as a member. I know for as long as I choose to stay with SL, I’ll continue the membership and that owned land.
I have the rented land paid for two weeks, and then I’ll see. I may ditch one or both of the rented lands.
The animals are fun, but the poor grid performance compared to Inworldz is discouraging. While I’ll enjoy hours of time in Inworldz, I find myself tired of SL within anywhere from 10 minutes to 1/2 an hour.
If I do choose to become involved, it may be to awaken one of my writing avatars and hang out with a few writer’s groups. They’re still there and they are still full of old friends I’d feel comfortable with.
I think if I want to connect with my Myst family again, I’ll choose to do with within Myst Online itself instead.

Elpis has not left the world of Myst, even though I’ve been playing Obduction with my husband lately. In fact, Elpis and Thorne have been exploring the Great Shaft and making some discoveries. I’m waiting until I have so much written before sharing those stories though.

Categories: Biobreeds, Breedables, Games General, Inworldz, Prim Space on Grids, Second Life, Virtual Worlds | Leave a comment

The End is Near at #secondlife for me anyway

Elpis, the avatar, is down to her last week or so at Second Life.

It’s been a good show, a good life, but it’s time to let go.

Especially since when I start to be optimistic about staying, I find out that dealing with the whiny people that have come out is so frustrating. There’s more grumpy breeders in SL now…the breedables are still great, just more people voicing how they’re entitled or just plain whining.  oYo is releasing their horses there, which is awesome. (And not a bad thing, as one breeder had the balls to whine about. Sorry to you that they responded favorably to demands to release them there and didn’t cater to you personally. Grow up!)

But I’m breeding way over 200 on four sims in IW and still see the day when I add on. Still no Biobreeds, but that’s their loss. Get the feeling they prefer Sansar anyway.

I did warn my friends of my leaving. It was one awesome breedable/publishing friend who responded to me and members of my D’ni family. Some I stayed in contact with, so didn’t need a response. Others who did not told me respond…well, they ignoring me told me how they felt, so they’re already unfriended.

Now, I start saying final good-byes and unfriending people. I’ll attempt to visit an auction and a D’ni gathering before going completely. Tricky with me working 12 hour days.

This blog is getting a clean out, and just be here to register how Elpis leaves, not only Second Life, but also the world of D’ni Exploring.

Here’s a page from Maci’s journal that briefly outlines what’s happened:

Maci’s journal April 2nd, 2016

I’m not sure what’s going on, to be honest. Noble and I are remaining with the M’nine people to study their language and traditions more and document them. The rest of the exploration group broke up after we found the M’nine people and returned them to their home. 

Elpis and Thorne have disappeared. For a long time, they stayed in the cavern and came to see some of the events a few of FotF people threw, but then stopped. No word. No nothing. Not even to me.

Elpis had been feeling restless and saying she needed to take a long journey. She has a secret area within D’ni Aegura. Filled with more linking books she found and never turned in to the group. I’ve never seen them, but she told me about them.

Perhaps with the clues she left me I could find her secret home and follow her, but I won’t. Instead, I’ll choose to respect her choice in life and continue my work with Noble.

I do miss her. She is my best friend.

Elpis doesn't much like Sharper and the "work" he did.

Elpis doesn’t much like Sharper and the “work” he did.

 

Categories: Biobreeds, Breedables, Games General, Inworldz, Myst Online, oyos, Prim Space on Grids, Second Life, Virtual Worlds | Leave a comment

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