#Inworldz thinking Breast Cancer and Terraforming

This month marks the one year anniversary for my mother being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Not sure what I’ll do for the fall time yet, but I do need to work on Dee’s Designs. It’s named after my mother and intended to promote breast cancer awareness. Yet, I’ve been so preoccupied I really only just have some products in it and not much guidance. I shall need to work on that.

Chloe has the oyos Breast Cancer horse and has bred the crap out of it. LOL She’s got a lot of eyes. And a few match my current oyos breeding program well, so thought adding one in for my mom’s store would be a good idea. If my pegasus pair sells I may have to choose between more starters or getting another to go with it.

The new mascot for the breast cancer awareness store, featuring the pink ribbon eyes. I named her Dee after my mom.

The new mascot for the breast cancer awareness store, featuring the pink ribbon eyes. I named her Dee after my mom.

I’ve started my 2X2 and today’s plans away from home were cancelled. I’m so thrilled! I get to play!

The first sim for the Kaedara region to be worked on is Enchanted Isles.

In my series, the continent name is Kaedara. Supposed to be South Kaedara but I made a change recently. Books far in the future will deal with the continent to the north of this one and if I name it South Kaedara that sort of limits me to naming the other one North Kaedara. I may not want to, so just going with Kaedara leaves my options open.

The Enchanted Isles is an island country on the southern side of the continent. This is where a civilization I created called Myads live. They’re descended from Dryads. Very human like, yet their skin and hair reflects their special nature. Myads are either Tree Servers or Stone Servers. The island designs will reflect this, of course. Lots of rock and lots of trees.

The ground level will not use a lot of prims, so Enchanted Isles is the sim which also houses the very high up oyos horses sky box. I’ve been stressing Dunvalos Reach out a bit in scripts, if not prims, so I moved most of the breeding age horses that aren’t for sale to Enchanted Isles.

Tests were interesting. Flying around on the skybox I got 90 fps. Ping sim kind of higher than I like, but didn’t seem like something I could control at the time and just have to deal with it. When I set the textures up for the skybox, fps lowered to about 70-80. I contribute that to having to use larger images there. Then when I stood and walked on the skybox it lowered further to 20-25  fps.

Not surprising. One of the biggest lag factors we faced in SL was walking on prims, due to how the computer communicates. Especially mega prims. Most lag conscious builders will use all 10X10s to make the floors. My skybox is with 128X128 sections. At some point I may recreate it out of 10X10s and see what the difference is.

For now I’ve tried one thing with my oyos horses. I rezed 10X10 platforms for them that don’t touch the main floor and have them on those. Food and the servers too. Not sure if that makes a difference but I’m hoping it does help. I also decided not to decor the skybox to keep things down as much as possible and keep both horses and sim as healthy as I can.

At ground level, my fps seems to bounce from 15-30 fps. Not great, considering it’s empty, but this is on my pc that needs replacing. Cool VL viewer. Will test with Firestorm’s new update when I can too. And with the ultra gamer laptop. Which may be interesting, as hubby just updated it to windows 10.  I love the Inworldz viewer but gave up on it. Got tired of issues and crashing.

The results of first terraforming with the Enchanted Isles sim.

The results of first terraforming with the Enchanted Isles sim.

With the ground level terraforming, I’ve noticed one big thing. Terraforming in Inworldz on private island versus terraforming in Second Life on private island is a whole lot more fun.  It’s a lot easier and smoother to get the results you’re going for.

Not sure if the textures will stay as I have them though. I have dolphins in the cove, so I went with two layers of sand and then two layers of grass. May experiment with different ones until I get the look I want.

I’ll try to keep up with the updates as I can this week. We have two family reunions to prepare for and be gone for over next weekend, so not positive how much I can get done this week. Besides going nuts on the 8 hour drive because I would ratherbe building Inworldz. 🙂

 

 

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#inworldz Dunvalos Reach 8/21 updates

We have a few additions in process this month on the breedables level to offer you. Today I’m going to showcase a few.

But first, I also gave myself a new ME for the season. My avi is like my house, changes with whatever mood I’m in. I could be a mouse or a horse next month! lol  It’s been interesting, and I’m not entirely sure what’s on my end and what’s on Inworldz end. The clothes I have on in this picture is a set with mesh jacket and boots. I’m not wearing those now. Switched to a non mesh boots and just the shirt and pants. My fps lowers with them on.

Could be my end. I do know I have a vid card with some mesh conflicts. Still a huge improvement over my experiences in SL. In Inworldz I can actually put on a mesh avi, when I get a world of trouble in SL. Even with my normal avatar I’m having issues. Last night logged in to SL and no eyes, no skin, no body, no clothes. Oiy!

In Inworldz I often get the cloud. Switch hair base brings me back, but skin falls off so I have to put it back on. Could be Inworldz side. Mystic comes in as a cloud constantly too.

The current me, sort of. I'm flipping between two skins and five hairs. lol

The current me, sort of. I’m flipping between two skins and five hairs. lol

Mystic has added two new buildings to the breedables and home level. She started breeding the pigs so made this ultra unique steampunk designed pig corral. And a matching sales stand to go with it featuring an iron pig. Don’t want the stand or corral, but love the pig? No problem! She has the iron pig set for sale on its own too.

She comes up with the most interesting designs. Never know what to expect from her.

Mystic's pig corral set for sale. Steampunk with butterfly wings. Who would have thought of that? lol

Mystic’s pig corral set for sale. Steampunk with butterfly wings. Who would have thought of that? lol

The stand in front of the corral, also for sale. It has two iron pigs on the roof and the one in the middle of stand is sold separately.

The stand in front of the corral, also for sale. It has two iron pigs on the roof and the one in the middle of stand is sold separately.

Almost ready to offer this design by me. Inspired by an Elven courtyard stable, yet came out totally different. lol More sections coming to it before it's ready for sale. But the main section is up now to check out.

Almost ready to offer this design by me. Inspired by an Elven courtyard stable, yet came out totally different. lol More sections coming to it before it’s ready for sale. But the main section is up now to check out.

 

Now, I know I mentioned SL in this post and I wasn’t going to do that, but I did. It’s relevant to this update. For there’s upcoming updates coming from this weekend. I hope to post this weekend, but may have to post next week. In addition to the additions to Dunvalos Reach that I need to write for this weekend, there’s also a new estate group called Kaedara to introduce.

Kaedara is a continent in my upcoming fantasy novels. I just processed to set up a 2X2 under that name. It will have recreations of my scenes on the four sims. Plus one will house the personal breedables we don’t need showcased on Dunvalos Reach.

I’m going to run more tests while the sims are empty, like I did in SL with the land group I worked with, but handling the breedables so they don’t lag down your sim seems tricky here like it did during SL old days.  So far I have best luck if they’re 3000m and further up in skyboxes. Still getting the hang of how to read the stats here versus SL, but think I can work on a few ideas.

As a side note, I notice some sims I visit not setting their landscaping plants to phantom. I think that should be done. In SL, we got better results when plants, corrals, and sidewalks were set to phantom. Also use the lowest size textures you’re able to. And of course, set your breedables to phantom when possible. I know some of my oyos birth with phantom on, some with it off.

Mentioning SL is relevant to this week’s events because of one major reason. The money I’ve saved by giving up so much in SL is moving to IW. For me, IW is a lot better investment of my funds and my time.

Not just because of sales, because sales isn’t the reason I play the game. But it is a factor in determining if I’m wasting my time or not. In SL, people have lost interest…in a way that’s something more than just the normal summer slowdown. I’ve sold in SL for about 8 years now and am very familiar with the cycles, and done well with some planning through them, by the way.  I suspect it’s because many of my buyers are feeling things out the same way I am.

SL is going through many changes, and the crappy bits are running even more like crap. It’s gotten to the point where it’s no fun anymore. I log in, check my critters, log out. Don’t get to hang with family, don’t get to ride, don’t get to enjoy auctions. Now some of that is just being too work busy, but much is frustrating performance issues.

Like sim crossings. SL people are so worried about sim crossings not being good in IW. Really? In SL, I cross a sim and it’s freeze, crash, or zoom. In Inworldz, and it’s a smooth walk. Don’t get it.

People seem more interested in IW. I get better quality traffic and more sales than in SL. I’ve seen enough to tell where my efforts are not wasted.

Don’t get me wrong. I am keeping a small hold in SL. I love my BB wolves and Tigers and want to play with them once a week, if nothing else. And stay low until I get the new pc next year. See if a different set up helps. And see where LL takes SL after Sansar opens.

I’ve been cautious in Inworldz in the hopes that Biobreeds would set up shop here. There’s a group of us interested, very interested. But recently I found out they’re one of the first batch of creators in Sansar testing. Evidently the tech race and bigger customer base is a thing for them. Not me. My hope now is that someone will make wolves as well as them for Inworldz. I’m very picky about them and haven’t been satisfied with any other breedable or non breedable ones.

Losing hope in Biobreeds, and feeling the love for oyos even more. They’re fun. They’re improving all the time. Yes, their server is slower, but it’s located in a different area, so the lag is expected. Unfortunately users don’t understand that as well as techies. But usually it’s not long wait at all. And they set up a redelivery terminal that has worked great for me. I’ve had to use it many times so far.

And this latest update!!!  Made me feel so good about leaving SL and investing more in IW!  We can choose salt or food when we turn in horses now! So utterly cool.

Cautious no more. I’ve added 30 horses to my ranch now on top of what I’m already breeding.

Updates forthcoming from this weekend:
Pictorial tour of the new Garden of Hope on Dunvalos Reach
New 2X2 set up
New products
Update on stores on ground level of Dunvalos Reach

And I’ll post when I get the other pictures from the artist for Sandie Bergen’s upcoming November release. It’s awesome!

 

Dunvalos Reach #Inworldz Memorial Additions

Building has begun on Dunvalos Reach once again. I’m determined to finish this sim this year!

The latest finished addition is a small memorial to a high school friend of mine. We’ve been trying to reconnect with old friends and today I found Free Bird. Only to discover that she died last year.

Way, way too young. We’re not that old!

Memorial for a friend from high school. We knew her as Free Bird for her love of the eagle.

Memorial for a friend from high school. We knew her as Free Bird for her love of the eagle.

Mystic is working on a section for honoring her mother who she lost a year ago.

I’m nearly ready to show the Garden of Hope for remembering lost children. Just top section of the fencing to go, the pedestals and flowers. Haven’t decided if I’m going to make a “floor” for it yet.

The final section of the memorial area will be for remembering lost pets. We’ve all lost pets.

More to come in other areas too. Mystic has designed a super unique oyo pig corral and sales area she’s offering for sale. I’m working on an Elven courtyard corral, plus a darker goth version of it to offer for sale.

I’ve started redecorating the ground level, including a store that’s going to be filled with beanbag chairs and more pillows. Because 1000 pillows just isn’t enough to offer people. 🙂

There’s also a hopefully cool design that will go on the ground level across the sim from those stores. With the loss of a few awesome texture designers, I’m setting this up as an art gallery that may become a texture store next year. I may have to get into making textures myself. 🙂

Inworldz is THE best place for builders to be. Someday it will be awesome for more breedables, if the creators would only wise up and realize it.

More coming soon. Including the book cover for Sandie Bergen’s next book release in November. Just saw the first peak of the cover in progress and it’s totally completely AWESOME with a capital AWESOME!