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365 days of SL, day 230

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Oct. 30th, 2012 | 01:10 pm

365 days of SL, day 230:

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I visited a cart race track last night. (One for puppies and ponies, that is.) My initial idea was to just poke around on Jeogeot again, near FFF, since that seems to be a comparatively interesting area, but when I arrived at Route 10 in Hodu, I found that the immediate area was pretty sparsely-populated after all — except for a racetrack up to the east, so I decided to take a closer look at that.

This one isn't part of FFF, but it's located in the next sim, Oraenji; that one's already been featured twice, on day 112 and day 110 (NSFW?), and it would make sense that there's other ponyplay-related areas clustered around FFF, sort of like how KBF was located next to Alikat's.

You can see the racetrack quite clearly on the map, BTW, but here's a better overhead view anyway:

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The start is located at the tip right corner there, BTW, facing left; you can probably figure out where the track leads from there. :)

And I did give it a try, yes. You can rez carts there (as I did in the main screenshot) for a three-lap race; my first attempt was marred by my stopping to look around and take pictures, as well as my abysmal framerate (due to cranking up the visual quality for better screenshots), but once I turned off lighting/shadows and decreased my draw distance, I got 30-35 fps, which was more than enough, although sim lag was still a problem and physics appeared a little wonky at times (it's not too difficult to get stuck at corners, or be thrown off by them even when you should be passing them, if narrowly). I also didn't realize that you could switch to different gaits at first (walk, trot, canter and gallop), but once I did, I got a respectable 226.375 seconds (with 0 faults) — enough for the third spot in the leaderboard, although that's probably not saying much. (Fun fact: you can see parts of FFF in the background in that screenshot.)

I could've ended this post here, but a variant of Sod's Law applies to SL and this project, too: the chance of getting an opportunity for interesting screenshots increases with the amount and interestingness of screenshots you've already taken earlier that day. So here's a random bonus shot from BG later that night:

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Now THAT'S what I call a particle effect.

Location: Oraenji (89, 154, 113) (SAFRA's Barn & Training Grounds)

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