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365 days of SL, day 161

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Aug. 22nd, 2012 | 02:30 pm
music: Delta Brony - Find a Pet Clanker

365 days of SL, day 161:

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The above is an example of mountains in SL that actually look good — when I arrived in this sim, my first thought that they were an exceptionally well-done1 example of textured (mega)prims serving as a backdrop, but it turned out that they were actually genuinely modelled (prims, that is; they're not terrain). The shadows etc. on them are part of the texture.

In case you're curious, BTW, you can get these on on the SL marketplace; this particular model was called "SIM SURROUND Mountains (5) V3.0". They're apparently pretty expensive (some items in the store go up to 15,000 L$), but if you're already owning a private island sim, it's pocket change compared to what you'll be paying for THAT.

I invite everyone to take a look at the sim to check them out for yourself, BTW. They're still nicer in reality (as it were) than in the above screenshot. And there's planes in them thar hills, for those who like those. :)

All this was in a skybox, BTW, and later on we went down to the surface of the sim (using a little bit of cage-fu, since teleporting would drop you in the skybox again); there wasn't much there safe for an empty school building and a beach, but we had fun nonetheless. The school had one furnished room that we briefly checked out (and the furniture included a chair made from a stack of hotcakes, another example of the bizarre-yet-tasty food-based design that seems surprisingly commmon in SL); after that, we rezzed a couple of beach towels and basked in the sun on the warm sand:

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As you can see, one of the beach towels is of the magic carpet variety, BTW. ♪ Why don't you come with me, little girl, on a magic carpet ride?

Location: Mille feuille (210, 59, 2491)

  1. Literally that, too: exceptional in that it was well-done, since most of these actually look pretty poor in practice.

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: Aug. 23rd, 2012 09:42 am (UTC)

How curious! Any idea what the raison d'être of the sim is? They've obviously gone to some trouble, yet seemingly don't want to let people in - and yet, you're free to arrive there, just not go anywhere, without futzing around.

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from: schnee
date: Aug. 23rd, 2012 10:19 am (UTC)

I'm not entirely sure. The skybox had planes, and may (I think) have been intended for some form of air combat; you could certainly move around in it and all that, you just couldn't (easily) leave the skybox.

The lower parts of the sim felt like a backstage area to me, as it were, like in an amusement park or so where you can enter into areas that visitors aren't supposed to go if you're crafty. The school building in particular seemed like it may have been left over from earlier times and simply never cleaned up.

Or maybe it IS being used, but only privately.

Edited at 2012-08-23 10:19 am (UTC)

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