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Jan. 1st, 2015 | 08:03 pm

Our plot (hehe) in SL saw some remodelling again; nothing major, it's still an enchanted forest with lots of undergrowth, megaliths around a campfire and a bedroll for yours truly, but now it's also got a pony cage/stable added to it, as well as what I like to call "flavor items": straw for the cage's floor, a water trough, a haystack, a few bales of hay, a rope on a rusted hanger on the outside wall (all taken from this stable kit, except for the hay).


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Flavor items are important; they take a function space and give it atmosphere. Many places on SL don't realize that, and think that building (say) a castle and stuffing it full of scripted, RLV-enabled BDSM toys is enough to attract (repeat) visitors. But you can't build a castle by fiat, and without flavor items, it remains lifeless and bland, a hollow shell.

In fact I'd go so far as to say that flavor items are the only essential items in a build. You don't strictly need scripted toys; you can RP everything (and in fact it'll probably be more fun than just clicking through menus). But in order to have fun you need a believable vision of the world your avatar's in in your head, and flavor items help create that.

It's no coincidence that our current plot of land, with its trees and leaves and mushrooms and undergrowth, is pretty much exclusively flavor items. As, BTW, is my stateroom at BG (see the "prim golf" series of posts for shots of that: I, II, III, IV, V, VI) — which has also gained two or three extra pieces of decoration since I last wrote about it, flavor items again that serve no purpose at all other than add finishing touches and provide atmosphere.

The stable/cage/cell is for a different pony, BTW, not for me. I'm still tempted to dip my feet into ponyplay again (on SL anyway), but I'm not sure I'd be the kind of pony most would want – or be able – to deal with. With apologies to Stan Jones:

Her rubber's black and shiny, and her hooves are made of steel
Her brand is still on fire, and her hot breath you can feel
A bolt of fear shoots through you as she meets you in the eye
You see the trainers comin' hard, and hear their mournful cry

Or, with apologies to Alexander James Adams:

If you ever meet me standing there,
Your fear will make your toenails curl,
I'll seize your soul and strip it bare,
I am the Black Ponygirl!

>:)

Location: FP Enigma (10, 112, 21) (Koyaanisqatsi)

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Mikazo

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from: mikazo
date: Jan. 1st, 2015 08:16 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure I'd be the kind of pony most would want – or be able – to deal with.

Any particular reason you say that? I'm imagine a trainer who would actually be up to that challenge could keep you under wraps. XD

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Schnee

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from: schnee
date: Jan. 1st, 2015 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Any particular reason you say that?

Well, I'm not being entirely serious — just coquetting with the notion that there's well-behaved, and there's feisty, and there's... well, me. :P

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Mikazo

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from: mikazo
date: Jan. 1st, 2015 10:06 pm (UTC)
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So it would just take longer to bring you under control. Certainly not impossible though!

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Schnee

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from: schnee
date: Jan. 1st, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC)
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"Control" is a relative term. I might well go along with a trainer's ideas if I wanted to, but if I didn't... no, I think I'm too stubborn, independent-minded and free-willed to be the kind of pony trainers would enjoy.

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Mikazo

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from: mikazo
date: Jan. 1st, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)
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That just makes you more of a challenge, is all. I bet over time you would give in more.

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: Jan. 9th, 2015 04:51 pm (UTC)
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So you're admitting to more than a touch of Nightmare Moon in you? ^_^

Lovely place, in any case. I would like to get set up again with a proper place of my own, though obviously, that'll have to wait until better times. Ideally, a homestead sim, so I'd have complete terraforming freedom, and be able to keep it as mostly mountainside, with some grassy valley down below - but my home would absolutely be up in the snow, where I belong. ^_^

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Schnee

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from: schnee
date: Jan. 9th, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
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So you're admitting to more than a touch of Nightmare Moon in you? ^_^

Haha, yeah, I guess you could say that!

You should visit us some time and take a look at the place. It's small, but ours.

A sim of your own would be a great thing to have; I'd not mind one myself, but barring a (big) lottery win I won't be able to afford it. Or even if I were, there'd be other things I'd want to spend money on first.

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