I’m laughing at my human. She’s been quite busy this past week. She automatically does the SLT + 1 time thing for what I want to do but has also done that more than once for her own first life activities recently. Known for her promptness and attention to not being late for others, she’s in no way wanting to explain the real reason for her lapses.
“Inside Art” is one of my favorite areas at Burn2 which is filled with amazing creativity and friendly people. All the links and detailed information are very well covered on other blogs. This is about my subjective experience. “Inside Art” has large pieces of art displayed on huge crates. Your avatar can “sit” in the art.
I’ve taken a lot of photos of Burn2 which I intend to post this week. Most of them will be raw shots; I didn’t take notes and will be writing from memory. My visit was mostly for my own enjoyment but I haven’t seen a lot of blog coverage yet other than overviews. I also haven’t searched images on flickr but I want to share what I have.
I highly recommend checking out Burn2 and perhaps some of my photos will spark an interest in those who think they’re too busy to make time.
Fair warning–regular readers of my blog know I often include myself in the photos. In many of the raw shots I’ll be posting, I’m wearing an awesome tinfoil hat with antennae connected by an electrical charge. I want to wear it for a long, long time.
I went to Burn2 last year. I was only a little over a year old so it was the first year I was aware of it. I also visited and blogged about several Halloween sims. I’m not going back to check my archives but I don’t recall these two going on at the same time.
And things seemed to go on longer last year. Something’s different and more lowkey now; I’m not sure what. Maybe it’s just my perception. Of course everything’s changing rapidly; anyway I’m pleased I’ll have some pictures to throw in here and that I’m getting to experience such an ephemeral event.
Veil of Darkness is this year’s Halloween offering from the creators of the Calas Galadhon Park sims. There’s so much to see and I’m glad I made time from my usual Second Life shenanigans to check it out.
I used the region settings for light but kept my graphics low. It needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. Going with friends would be enjoyable as well as exploring alone like I did. You’ll find you aren’t really alone as the area is populated with the undead, severed remnants and all sorts of other interesting things.
I didn’t get too terribly lost in the maze-like interior of the castle; I believe I saw most of it. I made it to the top and rested proudly for having survived the quicksand and ogres and such I endured on the way to the castle. But I couldn’t find my way out and had to teleport.
Yesterday I posted some photos of the swamp raft tour. Attention to the sound details are very well done as are the visuals treats.
Last weekend I visited Veil of Darkness and went back again yesterday evening because there are so many details to experience. These are photos of the swamp raft tour which I survived. The fate of some famous, beloved animated characters is shockingly not so fortunate.
I chose to use the region setting but kept my graphics low for ease of movement. I seemed to be in less danger riding the raft and it was certainly easier, a little break after being chased by the undead and enduring other startling ghoulish occurrences.
Veil of Darkness is shared with us by the creators of the Calas Galadhon Park sims. Besides the raft tour, there’s a village with a cemetery, a pavillion for dancing, a park ranger’s station and a dark castle with a maze-like interior. There are numerous photo opportunities. I especially enjoyed the yard in front of the visitor’s center and while my typist is usually very protective of me, we find having my avatar carcass surrounded by three vultures to be rather amusing.
No, there won’t be a photo of that but I will post more pictures soon.It’s a very busy time of year in Second Life and Veil of Darkness won’t be open for much longer after Halloween. It takes a while to see most of it; the care and attention to details by the creators are evident.
I’ve been taking a lot of photographs lately. I’ve visited several places for a quick look around and have stayed way longer than I first intended. And I’ve been staying up way too late at night.
The photos have been piling up because I haven’t been blogging much. My mind power is being used for things other than writing.
The places I went to see are great and I intend to post the photos soon. I’ve been to the Calas Galadhon Halloween sim called Veil of Darkness, Romy Nayar’s Overto Omonto, Neva Sky Villi and also Takeuti Town after reading about it on Honour McMillan’s blog.
Usually I wear whatever I had on for my last roleplay and that will be evident in the photos. The top photo here shows a new dress I just got this evening after working really hard on something. The photo below shows an outfit I’ve been wearing a lot lately.
I wear it for my Wendigo Lake roleplay hostess job in a Tea House which is next to a house where a group of vampires live. I had recently deleted a dress I’d been using that annoyed me. It had a color change hud to look like eight different dresses which would have been great if I’d grown used to the way it fit. My typist has mobility problems and seeing distorted body shapes is physically uncomfortable for her.
Anyway, this is made by *-*Tans*-* and I took a risk because the store doesn’t provide demos. But the prices are low and I looked at the ratings on Taneisha Bandler’s marketplace store; people seemed happy with her stuff. If it hadn’t worked I intended to delete it instead of having yet another item clog up my inventory.
I’m mentioning it because when I wear this dress out exploring or shopping, everyone leaves me alone. Absolutely no one has bothered or tried to mess with me when I’ve been out with this on. Oh, and it comes with matching pumps, quite unlike the shoes most are wearing these days.
Recently I visited Death in the Desert.
“In the dark of the night, in the quiet of the desert, a cry is heard echoing in the night, who could it be?
Come solve the mystery set in Egypt! Hunt for clues, solve the puzzles, shop in the marketplace, get lost in the pyramid and party at the temple.”
The above photo was taken near the landing area; there’s a group joiner and some directions if I recall correctly. I noticed Death in the Desert listed in the destination guide. I just wanted to go somewhere by myself and wander around. I was pondering some difficulties I’d been experiencing in Second Life so didn’t really focus on solving anything although I did collect several clues and noticed enough to think it looks fun.
I learned this isn’t the first such mystery event; it seems to be available every year. It’s open until the end of October. With all the Halloween events happening you might want to go sooner rather than later. It works to go alone or with friends. When I was there it seemed to be mostly solitary sleuths and no one was behaving like a jackass.
I was easily distracted by the donuts in the Police Station and getting my mug shots. I’ve since left the Sleuth group, which gave hints and encouragements, because I really don’t have time to finish this. I still have my hud and some clues if I find I have the time and desire to take it up again.
There are some shops, the sponsors I think and I admired pieces of the decor and the build. There were things I’d never seen before.
Very few scripts are allowed. Usually mine are low but here I was over the limit. I noticed it was causing some confusion in the group chat, but it really wasn’t a problem for me. A message would show up on my screen indicating I had six minutes to fix it or leave. I took a few things off but it wasn’t enough. I then teleported out and back in again. I did that several times. and wandered around for a while before I got the warnings which seemed to be triggered in certain areas.
I got lost in the pyramid. There are a lot of spiders there. You can collect a torch outside of it which adds two scripts to your total. There’s a chance to use it for a while before you get the warning again about being over the limit. There are quite interesting artifacts to look at and I enjoyed my visit, even if I didn’t solve the mystery. I’ve no idea what the prize is. But I got what I went for–a mild distraction while I worked through something.
A pleasant interlude after a long day, with yet more to do.