So I decided to take the plunge and buy myself a little piece of Mainland in Second Life and I have been busy setting up my new home, which is one of the reasons that it’s been awhile since my last post.
The parcel I purchased is a lovely hillside location next to a river and the size is large enough for me to have fun playing but not so large that it’s overwhelming. It’s basically the perfect location for my studio and to have a place that we could invite friends over for game night.
I’ve never had this much land in SL before to play with and I found the idea to be pretty exciting as it was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at terraforming, something I’ve never done before. I was also excited about the idea that I now had enough prims to do some digital landscaping, my previous domiciles in SL have usually been sky-boxes and my landscaping was pretty much just a few houseplants (SL is pretty much the only place I can keep plants alive for any length of time). Like everything in SL the task of outfitting your land is an adventure and so I decided to record my progress, because who doesn’t want to read a blog post about landscaping with pixels!?
My first task after purchasing my land was to come up with a suitable name, since this was to be the home of my photography studio and a place to hang out with my SL friends I ended up going with “Casa de Memoriae” which means “House of Memories” in Latin (at least according to Google). My second task was to pick just the right house, since it is right next to a river I decided to go with a nice cottage that had a large front porch.
Once the house was placed it was on to terraforming and landscaping. To be honest I only had a vague notion of what I wanted to do and so my entire process through this was pretty much through stuff at the wall and see what sticks. There was a lot of putting stuff in and taking stuff out and I learned that just because some things look easy does not mean that they are such as putting in SL grass, after this experience I am in awe of those in SL that can work with this stuff and make it look good, I spent hours rezzing, moving, re-sizing and rotating grass and while it did result in me learning some new curse words I was not able to make it look the way I wanted to. Apparently to put in grass in SL with any skill you need at least three advanced degrees in mathamatics and the patience of a saint, I majored in English and no one will ever accuse me of being patient!
Once I finally figured out what the hell I was doing, things started to fall in to place and started to take shape.
I’m pretty happy with the finished product and feel like the place will suit our needs quite nicely. Maybe now we should get a dog… or maybe a unicorn, it is Second Life and I can have a pet unicorn if I want one!