New Sansar Creator Preview Video Released

January 4, 2017

Daniel Voyager's Blog

Today Linden Lab released a new Sansar Creator Preview video showing more impressive footage of Sansar featuring Loz Hyde of Meshworx fame who tells his story on the testing side of things in Sansar.  Loz has been working on a cool location called The Grand Hall and it looks incredible. The detail in Sansar in terms of the reflections, the effects and lighting looks really good so far.

The video runs for 1 minute and 33 seconds and it was filmed by Draxtor Despres. Stay tuned for more Sansar videos in the weeks/months ahead.

Loz mentioned in the video that Sansar rending is amazing and he thinks Sansar is very realistic. Loz goes on to say that in Sansar you will be able to create video games, he thinks that education & medical science is going to be amazing. If you want to build a business or build furniture you can do it like…

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Firestorm 5.0.1 demand: “please be patient”

December 14, 2016

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

firestorm-logoOn Tuesday, December 13th, Firestorm released the much-anticipated Bento update, Firestorm 5.0.1 – which you can read about here.

HOWEVER, such has been the demand for the update, the Firestorm servers have been overloaded, a situation which has left Firestorm without the ability to  provide their download and web services.

“This is an unprecedented situation for us,” Jessica Lyon, the Firestorm project lead informed me. “While we have had download problems in the past, we’ve never seen demand on this scale before. It’s repeatedly taken all our servers off-line with the load.”

Because of the demand is preventing people from even accessing the Firestorm web services – the blog, JIRA, etc., – the Firestorm team is asking that people hold-off if they cannot obtain a download or access the Firestorm website, and not to keep repeatedly trying.

Jessica added, “Please, just be patient. Our servers need the breathing space…

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Gaslighting the nation

December 10, 2016

Druid Life

Gaslighting is a term associated with domestic abuse. What it means is a deliberate process of destroying a person’s mind with the intention of leaving them unable to defend themselves, make decisions or trust their own sanity. A person who thinks they are mad, or whose reality has been damaged by gaslighting is much easier to control and abuse.

I think we’re seeing this happen at a national level. I’m going to speak to the British experience, but suspect it’s not just us.

We’ve had a lot of conflicting messages: Migrants are here to scrounge off the dole, but they’re also taking your jobs. We can afford nuclear weapons, but we can’t afford to look after the vulnerable. Socialists are an out of touch elite, while millionaires understand the needs of ordinary people… and many more such tales. Clearly these things don’t add up, but we’re getting a steady diet…

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Project Bento now part of the Second Life default viewer

December 6, 2016

Daniel Voyager's Blog

On Monday 5th December Linden Lab announced that Project Bento is now live on the main grid and it’s now part of the Second Life default viewer at long last. This is one of the biggest updates to the Second Life avatar has ever had on the main grid. Christmas has come early 🙂

It’s almost been a year since Linden Lab first introduced Project Bento back in mid December 2015 and so much has been improved during the past year. Interest in Bento has grown over the past year and that’s always a good thing to see.

Linden Lab is proud to announce that Project Bento is now part of the default Viewer! Bento is probably the single most extensive update to the avatar skeleton ever, and as a result of countless hours of testing, updating, reconfiguring, testing… you get the picture, we are now live!

Now everyone…

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Mont Saint Michel Region Returns In Second Life

November 21, 2016

Daniel Voyager's Blog

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The well-known Mont Saint Michel region has returned in Second Life after being shut down for many weeks. According to Tyche Shepherd latest sims report Mont Saint Michel is back on the grid again. Hopefully this time the region will be here for many more years to come.

Teleport Link (SLURL) > http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mont%20Saint%20Michel/174/84/50

If you have not yet visited Mont Saint Michel in Second Life you should because it’s a lovely recreation of the beautiful real life French landmark, Mont Saint Michel.

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Please spread the good news to everyone

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A taste of Dystopia in Second Life

November 6, 2016

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Dystopia // [flit ink] + aberrant; Inara Pey, November 2016, on FlickrDystopia // [flit ink] + aberrant – click any image for full size

Dystopia is the home of the [flit ink] and Aberrant brands. It is also another of those in-world commercial locations well worth a visit whether or not you’re looking for avatar accessories, simply because of the amount of care and attention which has gone into making the region both photogenic and open to the potential for casual role-play.

As the name might suggest, together with the About Land description, the role-play in this case centred on a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future where climate warming has run amok, and (it would seem) civilisation has broken down, leaving the shattered remains of an urban area – where is not stated, although it presents a curious blending of American, British and Japanese cultural elements – which now appears to be in the hands of gangs, or perhaps tribal units.

Dystopia // [flit ink] + aberrant; Inara Pey, November 2016, on FlickrDystopia //…

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A Shattered Masquerade in Second Life

October 18, 2016

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Darkness Prevails - Shattered Masquerade; Inara Pey, October 2016, on FlickrDarkness Prevails – Shattered Masquerade – click any image for full size

Darkness Prevails – Shattered Masqueradee is a new role-play environment by Lokhe Angel Verlack (Jackson Verlack) and Miza Cupcake Verlack (Mizaki), based on the Worlds of Darkness (WOD) universe. It has just moved to a new full region, and is open for business, although some work is still continuing in developing RP locations. Regular readers of this blog may remember that Lokhe and Miza previously operated another WOD inspired role-play realm, World of Darkness: Château Village, which I wrote about back in October 2015. So, are the two connected?

“This is entirely separate from Château Village,” Miza told me as we toured the region together. “We actually started Shattered Masquerade in September, with a half-region build we called The Oasis, that was a starting point for our story. We’re now moving things on from…

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The arrival of a new Linden Project area in Second Life

October 11, 2016

Daniel Voyager's Blog

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In late September 2016 Linden Lab added a series of new Linden Project regions (over 40+) far north of the mainland in Second Life. These regions (named HR/HC/HIH) are currently closed to the public but they are mainly rated Adult which is rather interesting.

It’s unclear at the moment what the regions will be used for and whether or not they will open to the public anytime soon. I guess most likely we will have to wait until the lab announces something about these regions in the near future.

From the map view it looks like the arrival of new Linden homes 2.0 is my guess with water surrounding the central areas. It’s a huge land area and a big Linden project for sure.

What do you think about these new regions ?

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Dankoville on Naras Nook grid

September 18, 2016

Journey To The Center Of The Metaverse

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Dankoville is my OpenSim home.

Dankoville is open to all visitors to explore, write, roleplay or just hang out. It’s online 24/7, give or take the odd glitch. Located on Naras Nook grid, Dankoville is accesible via Hypergrid: world.narasnook.com:8900:dankoville

If I’m in town or the surrounding area, I might be working or just hanging out. If you’re visiting, don’t hesitate to say hello or ask a question. It’s best to use IM as I might not notice local chat.

The sim is the setting for some of my story writing. In story, Dankoville is a small town in a farming area somewhere in the Corn Belt of the United States.

We are a long-term project and therefore always in some state of disarray, under construction, pardon our appearance, etc.

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For more info, visit the Official Dankoville website: http://dankoville.weebly.com/

Dankoville Nook Aug16 Update

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The Railroad Hour – Weekends on Retro Roots Radio

September 17, 2016