A Dunvalos Reach Update #Inworldz

It's Easter Egg Hunt time on Dunvalos Reach sim right now. TWO levels with over thirty eggs hidden. Hints in the sign when you tp in.

It’s Easter Egg Hunt time on Dunvalos Reach sim right now. TWO levels with over thirty eggs hidden. Hints in the sign when you tp in.

Finally have the building duties settled in most of the way, and things will be slower now. Tomorrow I start a full two months of solid fiction writing for fall releases. I’m sure I’ll post some times when my public publisher avatar, Marion Margaret, will be on the sim.

The Book Emporium is partly stocked now. I have a unique line of book shelves to build for it yet, but that will be slow in coming. When I fry my brain from hours of writing and need a break.

Some Elven design shelves and hutches.

Some Elven design shelves and hutches. Some books are in the building now too. Copy and Mod for those who wish to turn them into notecard books for their home shelves.

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Harp plays some music. On the desks are some music boxes available too.

Harp plays some music. On the desks are some music boxes available too.

Trying different ideas with corner desks. There's 8 versions available.

Trying different ideas with corner desks. There’s 8 versions available.

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And every office needs the office cat. These are mesh sets for the desk or shelf or floor in your home.

And every office needs the office cat. These are mesh sets for the desk or shelf or floor in your home.

Be sure to check us out on the sim for the hunt and new products!

Be sure to check us out on the sim for the hunt and new products!

http://places.inworldz.com/Dunvalos%20Reach/133/157/22

I’ve also converted an older level of the sim into a breeding pod ground for my oyos horses. See, there’s this pesky inability to bond them, which makes specialty breeding a bit of a challenge, especially if one can’t be online constantly to make sure the right stud gets the right mare.

So I took my psychedelic marble textures and my ahnonay Myst age background to make a special breeding ground. Sim wide level. Pods and platforms for them.

Thankfully for my busy times, the auto feeder works sim wide very well.

The oyo breeding pod.

The oyo breeding pod.

Special coat oyos designed for the M&K Stables Breast Cancer charity auction.

Special coat oyos designed for the M&K Stables Breast Cancer charity auction for Monday March 30th.

 

 

 

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Building updates for Dunvalos Reach stores in #Inworldz

People keep telling me that it’s okay to take time off to deal with my loss of a good friend. Well, it’s been over two months and people still telling me that. Business doesn’t work that way, and work is a good tool for healing also.

Lucky for me, I work in multiple areas and have multiple goals to achieve throughout 2015. And I work for myself, with a husband to keep things going during my slow income months. Gives me a ton of freedom.

I can keep working by switching things around. So I have.

Dunvalos Reach is part of my promotion and working location, as well as a hobby location to help deal with the mayhem of life. Setting it up is important and something I had planned for during production break in the winter. Moved that forward instead and am nearly done.

The Book Emporium, the biggest building of Dunvalos Reach.

The Book Emporium, the biggest building of Dunvalos Reach.

The Book Emporium is a project of my own. This store will be filled with books, items for libraries and desks, and items made with books as part of their design. It will take me a long time to fill up!

The textures are from Twisted Thorn Textures.

Inside the first level.

Inside the first level.

The central stairs design

The central stairs design

Another look up the floors.

Another look up the floors.

Looking u to the top.

Looking up to the top.

Mystic has chosen to move her store over onto this side of the parcel next to the Book Emporium. This side has sounds from the Myst games and now her store is next to the Myst inspired areas.

Camber is thinking about what to do about her Lady Dark Shade Designs store. Stay there or move to Mystic’s old spot. Will be awhile for her though, as she has some RL moving to do herself first. When she decides and I am free again, there will be a little forest on the ground where people can get fairy and animals, and maybe trees and such.

We are really making the sim a type of walk around and buy our stuff style.

View to the south.

View to the south.

Mystic and I are also going to..someday…fill up a store together. This is a store for pretty much whatever we don’t have elsewhere as a mix, varying from buildings to yard decor, to home decor, to art, to whatever. The textures are from Twisted Thorn Textures also. I chose to use this set because it’s ones that Nighty made while sitting at her mother’s bedside during her last days. I thought it fitting to sit next to Dee’s Designs, which is a store honoring my mother’s fight against Breast Cancer.

Dee's Designs, Mystic and Tempest Home and More Store, Tempest Myst Designs

Dee’s Designs, Mystic and Tempest Home and More Store, Tempest Myst Designs

Mystic’s calling me the pillow princess now. Tempest Myst Designs main store is filled up now with pillows and rugs. Only 884 pillows. I don’t think that’s too much. I was shooting for 1000 even. *grins*

View for Marion Margaret Press's corner, featuring the MMP Library and the Silverwood Elven Enclave Memorial.

View for Marion Margaret Press’s corner, featuring the MMP Library and the Silverwood Elven Enclave Memorial.

Now, the home and corral level is finished, including oyo breedables for sale, and all the buildings are in place on the ground floor. Just have to finish filling up the ground level with the planned products.

Things may slow down a bit now. We have parents in the ailing health stages to deal with. The Marion Margaret Press production season is kicking in for 2015.

Look for further notices soon on Sandie’s last book in the Cat’s Tales to come out this year. I hear a rumor that I should receive the text files for it in the near future and can set up a release date from that. This book is called In The Company of Elves.

With this and life and the day job, my progress will slow down to just the products, but still expect to see new stuff weekly on the sim. And we’re planning an Easter egg hunt!

Come visit us often!  http://places.inworldz.com/Dunvalos%20Reach/133/157/22

 

New Products set up at #Inworldz Dunvalos Reach House Level

I’ve finally finished the showcase level for the houses and corrals at Dunvalos Reach. This is also our oyo breedables level and we have some set out for sale now. There’s not going to be as many lives set for sale as bundles. Mostly bundles, actually.

If oyo decides to add a static feature to their breedables I’ll showcase more at home. Though they’re wonderful, the titles on and increased movement at standing does contribute to walking lag. This has been tested with three different computers on two different internets.

For this level, I’m choosing to specialize in chihuahuas and great danes. The horses are just the coats I like.

Dark Tudor Live-In Barn available now on Dunvalos Reach

Dark Tudor Live-In Barn available now on Dunvalos Reach

First, the dark tudor live-in barn. This is my favorite so far. I’ve actually rezed one for my own home.

Enchantment House in purple.

Enchantment House in purple.

Enchantment house in green

Enchantment house in green

Enchantment house in brown

Enchantment house in brown

Enchantment house in blue

Enchantment house in blue

 

 

Sneak peak inside the small enchantment houses. Another set of textures I'm loving to work with from Twisted Textures.

Sneak peak inside the small enchantment houses. Another set of textures I’m loving to work with from Twisted Textures.

I could have went on building more enchantment houses. I love them so. They speak so well to me, reminding me of a much love Atrus inspired house I had in Second Life once.

Simple one room square house with a wilding fae on top of the house.

Simple one room square house with a wilding fae on top of the house.

A nice open corral/stall set up for your horses. Comes in two pieces: building and corral.

A nice open corral/stall set up for your horses. Comes in two pieces: building and corral.

A little twist on your spanish style courtyard stalls systems. Dark tudor textures. Little covered patio on top for hanging out.

A little twist on your spanish style courtyard stalls systems. Dark tudor textures. Little covered patio on top for hanging out.

Rounded house with an iris opening door and a rooftop patio area.

Rounded house with an iris opening door and a rooftop patio area.

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The log cabins are my first experiment with mesh kits. They were quite fun.

You can also find many yard decor dioramas set up for sale. My new thing to play with.

You can also find many yard decor dioramas set up for sale. My new thing to play with.

Next project is the ground floor. Soon I’ll have up to 1000 pillows in the pillow store, and have two stores to build yet, including a book emporium.

 

Feel free to check it out!

http://places.inworldz.com/Dunvalos%20Reach/132/156/3003

 

 

My thoughts on #inworldz premium membership

The Inworldz team brought forth a new feature for the grid they thought out well and designed to help retain newcomers to the grid, turn inactive members to active ones, and hopefully in the end, benefit existing landowners and merchants.

As expected, there’s a lot of disagreement and fear with something new. To be expected whenever a business or head of an organization tries a different approach.

There’s way too much to go into with just one post, but I’ll try to go into the area I know the most of from a virtual world customer standpoint. And do my best not to be too long on it.

Not sure how well I will do. Still may be a novella. *grin*

First, who am I to say anything? Knowing the extent of my experience in such matters will help.

I’ve been with virtual world grids for seven years now, plus two with Myst Online players when it was with Gametap (think it was two years that it was published…I was there from birth to when Gametap dropped it anyway). Myst Online is completely different than being on a grid, but I would not have ventured into virtual worlds if it had not been for Myst Online. I thought this made it worth mentioning.

The type of player I am is probably a bit different than the greater percentage of players in one major way. Pixel sex. Don’t do it. Don’t watch it. To be honest, I don’t agree with it.

But I understand it. I have many, many friends who live the pixel sex life. Of all kinds. I’ve been exposed to things I’d never see in real life, and been around enough to not be alarmed. It’s another form of “normal” to me.

I don’t go clubbing. Think yuk about it. Most I do is meet with my D’ni family and dance with them to the great DJ’s we have once in a while.

And I’m an introvert.

And, to be honest, I’ve met a lot just like me in virtual world. So, I think what I say here is revelant.

One of the arguments against giving free land to premium members is that it’s going to hurt landlords.

First of all, the IW team has worked hard to see how they can do this and still benefit the existing landowners, with more than just offering to let them manage the sims for a return. And as new ideas on how to do this hit them, I’m sure they’ll see if they can work them in.

My biggest point: JUST BECAUSE SL DID THIS BIT WRONG DOES NOT MEAN IT WON’T WORK FOR IW WHEN THEY DO IT BETTER.

Sorry for caps…but did I express how I felt there yet? When I came to IW, I was looking for someone who could implement the good things I liked about SL but make them worth it.

And they’re doing just that. They’re following one golden rule of internet business: Find someone doing something you like and find a way to do it better.

This IS better.

When I first went to SL from Myst as a scared of the virtual world life newbie I hung out with my D’ni family on the safe Myst themed sims. It was my home.

I found a landlord who promoted SL with super cheap rentals and very well thought out themed sims. Renting there was fun.

When I learned about what land ownership was about, I wanted to have that sense of ownership in the grid. It’s a type of belonging.

Landlords lose the sense of what this means over time to a new player. They think just because they offer no cost or cheap areas to live, that’s enough.

This is what made me try premium membership. The land allowance was small, but it was MINE. This means something to people.

I played with my tiny 112 prim plot and enjoyed myself, even made a few L’s with the store I had there, and learned about the hunts and how fun it was to be in the hunts. I learned how to meet new avatars and not be afraid.

I even watched the neighboring plots and expanded when they came up for sale around me. I expanded.

Even then, that wasn’t enough for me and I took adventures into renting larger parcels. Working into whole mainland sims and homesteads. I managed rentals for the one landgroup manager I met and became friends with, besides having my own lands where I rented for stores and homes.

Would I have done that without the premium land allowance? I can assure you I would not. I would have left the grid in disinterest.

I had to be groomed to be a proper renter and landowner by the people running the grid. NOT the landowners.

Landowners should be taking advantage of this opportunity and working on ways to encourage people to go further than the land in premium ownership, rather than fighting it.

I have complete faith in the IW team to assist with this, if only those landowners would give ideas instead of fighting it.

You say many come from SL because they’re unhappy with LL. Yes, they do. It’s a big reason I went to IW too. But you’re forgetting bad business people and crooks can work any grid. (Edited for not providing the long winded proof of my experience and those I’m close to and the numerous reports on internet.)

There’s many bad landlords. I’ve had experiences with them, as many others have. Going to another grid is a cautious experience. I was cautious when I went to IW.

I tried out a townhouse for cheap rent because it was cheap and I wanted a home location. The place was full of houses…but empty. Which was okay for me, being a loner.

I then went to renting a bigger house with a good amount of prim allowance to allow me to rez and build smaller items. To get the feel of using IW tools.

Both landlords were nice and helpful, but they weren’t “there”. Sims were pretty empty. One was a way to help promote the clubs I think and turn renters into new attendees. The other, I think was something nice to do for new people with the sim excess after setting a store up.

Then, I took the plunge to go onto to renting a larger piece of land with a name I was familiar with from SL. That backfired when the land owner up and disappeared suddenly.

It was tempting to buy my own island then, but I still wanted to work with IW as it grew and make sure it was going to become stable enough to be worth owning a full sim. So I found another landlord.

Started with 4096 section until I finally rented a full sim. Thanks to my experience with my constant SL landlord, I wanted to help keep in business a good landlord who actually stayed available in world and was “there”.

Plus, I learned I prefer the freedom to choose which day tiers come out via the rental box, versus the auto pay via paying tiers directly. Works better with my game budget.

Very happy experience with renting this sim over the last few years and plan on renting another when I get this one settled in.

For people like me, the premium membership does not endanger this.

I’m not sure if knowing this does anyone any good, and it’s way too long winded. But this is my blog and I’ll blather on if I want to. *grin*

For people like me, this premium membership deal is a way to keep us in the game. It works.

Granted, there are groups it may risk. For instance, when I rented homes, the best and most reliable renters were the sex workers. I could see this becoming more attractive to them, versus renting their own land.

But the IW team is aware of this and has taken measures to take to discourage this.

Another group to get an idea is the breedables people. This may make it tempting to use this to have a corral full of horses there.

Again, the IW team can set rules to discourage this.

I regularly tour both SL and IW. Sims in both are empty a lot of the time. Rentals are standing unrented for long periods of time in both.

I fully believe this is a good idea implemented wrongly in SL that will do a world of good if implemented properly in IW.

Will it work to benefit landowners in the end and create better retention on the grid? I don’t know. But I do trust the IW team to do their best to try to make it do so.

In business, you don’t know until you’re willing to take a risk and try something. Some landlords don’t seem to get this idea. Again, just because SL did it wrong, does not mean it wasn’t a good idea and that it didn’t work for some. It did.

As a side note, I dropped my SL premium membership long ago, although I’m still there for the fundraising and breedables. (omitted comment, my own experience and observation is not considered proof, or so I find.)

I took 3/4 of my gaming allowance to IW. I trust the IW team. In IW, I rent more than I need, and I’m still thinking of doing more. My landlord has benefited from this, and so have other creators and merchants in my purchases for the sim.

I believe the premium membership will help groom new players into doing the same.

And, I think, being afraid of such a move for fear of loss of renters is not right. If people take advantage of this and settle in to not move towards renting more, they weren’t the types to do so anyway.

But it may help these types of individuals spend more time in the game itself and explore and build up that lack of traffic many seem so set on blaming others for. As one with a sim where I have businesses running, I would love to see this go forward.

Of course, the people who worry are the ones who don’t have a gaming allowance and play according to what they can make. I don’t. I don’t play more than what I can pay for. I worked the virtual system for years to make money…playing the market game, as I call it.

It was fun while I was getting my specialized training, but after I got into the market game in real life as my day job, the fun in it was gone. I’ve found it easier to make my play money in RL.

Still, we merchants do things like offer loss leaders to encourage fuller sales. This is items we either give away or offer at discount to hunters, group members, or at special occasions.

People should look at the discounts for premium members in this way. I would like to help and participate with this. I will set up a small section that is for premium member discounts.

This tactic works in RL businesses as well as VR businesses. People should not fear it, but work it to benefit themselves.

Think about it. How many freebie stores are there on the grid already? Doesn’t stop people from buying.

Oh yeah, those arguing that many didn’t know about the meetings because they don’t visit the forums…that’s not IW team fault! They provided the means, i.e. forums, for landowners to be informed. It’s the landowner’s responsibility to check notices, not IW’s responsibility to chase down everyone individually.

I would rather they pay attention to their jobs of running the grid so I can use it properly.

Okay, I do agree it should have been in events. That’s an oops I hope the IW team will take note of and be more careful about in the future.

Oh there’s so much more to say, but I have a headache now from just saying “I love the idea” in way too many words already. I’m not much of a debater. Hate debating stuff.

Just had to say something. And say thank you to the IW team for thinking this through so well and for all their effort in this and their other efforts to keep the grid going and growing.

Inworldz Forum thread on this can be found here http://inworldz.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=20411

Jim Tarber’s blog post on this can be found here http://jim.tarber.net/?p=354

(Added note on editing: I will strive to not mention ‘that other grid’ on this blog anymore. I don’t have the time or energy to provide pages of personal experiences, family member’s experiences, and research the documented proof on the grid to back up my OPINIONS of things and how it affected my decisions. I still play on multiple grids. I just don’t trust every grid’s management, for good, substantiated reasons, and I play accordingly. Any fully copyrighted creative efforts by me are only done on IW grid, for good reason. As of May, 2015, this blog is for IW and only IW speaking. No other grid talk allowed.)

Dark Tudor Live-In Barn New #Inworldz build

Normally I’d do a more general building update for my Inworldz living, but this house is really something I’m proud of. My favorite build so far, and I thought I was in love with the enchantment series of houses before this.  This post is going to revolve around that house.

Dark Tudor Live-In Barn available soon on Dunvalos Reach

Dark Tudor Live-In Barn available soon on Dunvalos Reach

When I first set out to use the Winsome Wanderer Tudor texture set by Nighty Goodspeed on a fourth build, I was thinking sun roof. That was not where my building process took me. Very normal for me. I’m an organic builder.

Love the owls. Barn door is from USC Texture Tavern.

Love the owls. Barn door is from USC Texture Tavern.

First floor is the barn with ability to create up to six stalls. It’s an open design and the stall divider and wrought iron stall doors are separate. The user can choose to have an open stall or to divide it the way they like.

Stone 1/2 walls are on the inside.

Stone 1/2 walls are on the inside.

The wrought iron on the door is also from Twisted Textures. Doors are modify so if one wishes to change them, they can.

The wrought iron on the door is also from Twisted Thorn Textures. Doors are modify so if one wishes to change them, they can.

The second floor of the house is the living space. A one room open space with a second loft level. In my virtual world living, I don’t like closed spaces so I tend to not make my rooms the same as you find  them in real life.

Access to the living area is via stairs along the one side of the building.

Access to the living area is via stairs along the one side of the building.

Butterfly window textures can be found at Twisted Textures. I'm finding many excuses to use them.

Butterfly window textures can be found at Twisted Thorn Textures. I’m finding many excuses to use them.

The home is of the open style with a loft. The stairs have a built in shelf unit behind them.

The home is of the open style with a loft. The stairs have a built in shelf unit behind them.

Many of the accent textures and trim you see in this house are from Timeless Textures, another of my favorite texture makers.

Stairs up to the loft level, big enough for a bedroom or living room area.

Stairs up to the loft level, big enough for a bedroom or living room area.

Originally the windows were meant to be sky roofs, but design changes happened and I ended up with this.

Originally the windows were meant to be sky roofs, but design changes happened and I ended up with this.

The front patio deck is great for viewing. Corner 1 of the level.

The front patio deck is great for viewing. Corner 1 of the level.

Middle side area of the level. Yes, we have dogs and horses for sale there too.

Middle side area of the level. Yes, we have dogs and horses for sale there too.

Still working on the plants.

Still working on the plants.

Trees, signs, corrals, yard decor sets, whatever I can think of fills the spaces.

Trees, signs, corrals, yard decor sets, whatever I can think of fills the spaces.

 

My PC looks pretty dark to me, so I apologize if these don’t give details as well as they should. I’m almost finished with the level and will get it opened up for business soon. I just have to adjust the other 2 story dark tudor home and get its sales sign made, and the same to the enchantment serious cottages. Then it’s the little bits and pieces. Still have a few more fairies to use in builds.

Then on the ground level I’m going to put together some graphics I bought to make a Sales building using Native American designs. Need more floor space. It’s time to make another 100 pillows. *laugh*

Mystic has another level on the sim for which she’s working on some buildings for too.