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Jun. 6th, 2011 | 02:19 am
mood: tiredtired
music: P.D.Q. Bach & Peter Schickele - Introduction to Two P.D.Q. Bach Rounds

One of the sims I occasionally went to on Second Life, Kerry Bog Farms, apparently kicked the bucket for good.

KBF was a sim next to (and connected to) Alikat's, a pretty big ponyplay environment; it was more rural, though, with nice little quiet paths, babbling brooks, farm buildings, trails and so on. Very nice really, and usually quiet, which is one reason I liked it.

Alas, they ran into problems in March; I noticed that half the sim was suddenly missing then, and when I encountered a friend of one of the sim owners in mid-March and talked to him, he told me that "[t]hey had to split the sim" because "[i]t was getting too costly".

A little later, some new construction started taking place in the northern half of the sim; it later on turned out to be a store for "breedable" ponies (scripted SL objects, in this case; nothing naughty, though). A couple of days ago, a small beach area in what remained of KBF was gone, and when I went to Alikat's again today, I noticed that the entire sim had basically been flattened and terraformed. Whatever there used to be is gone.

I'm going to go out on a limb and speculate that the owners sold the entire thing; even half a sim is expensive, and your space etc. is obviously more limited, so they may have felt that there was no point in paying anything anymore. I can't blame them, but it's a pity; KBF was one of my favorite sims.

Good bye, Kerry Bog Farms.

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Giro Batol

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from: giro_batol
date: Jun. 7th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
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they probably abandoned it back to LL our sims costs doubled this year.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 7th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Probably. They already let go half the sim earlier this year, and chances are they figured that the remaining half wasn't worth it to them anymore. If the whole is more than the sum of its part, half a sim may be worth less than half of what a full sim is worth.

And LL doubled their prices? Wow.

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Giro Batol

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from: giro_batol
date: Jun. 7th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Well what LL did was drop not for profit discounts so previously if you didn't make a profit you got 50% discount, this ended jan 1st 2011, what we did was to prepay as much as we could before the deadline...

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 7th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Mmm, OK. That's still bad enough, though. (Aren't you making a profit?)

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Giro Batol

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from: giro_batol
date: Jun. 7th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
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No we don't make a profit (actually i spent about Euro 15K of my money last year to bail out the company) , i've since been paid back, but i'm not in it to make a profit just because i think its the right thing to do :)

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