Changes Dunvalos Reach and Kaedara #inworldz

mulling over the scene that's soon to disappear

mulling over the scene that’s soon to disappear

Changes are coming to Dunvalos Reach in Inworldz. Specifically, Dunvalos Reach is going bye-bye. We’re moving everything over to my Kaedara set of sims.

I find that I’m no longer able to maintain so much space in Inworldz, as my work schedule has grown. And with Sandie gone, the original thoughts I had with Dunvalos Reach are no longer attainable. Perhaps it is best to move on, so to speak.

I’m starting a new campaign I’m calling “Take Me To Kaedara” for my upcoming fantasy series. As part of this, the Kaedara sims will also feature a notecard style adventure to take visitors on a journey through my books.

The stores are set to open on Elvenglades sim on December 15th. In fact, the Elvenglades and the Lost Forest of Hudan sims are open to the public now. On the Hudan sim, the breedables sales level is above and on the ground is a lighter selection of landscaping and gazebos. A smaller version of the Silverwood memorial for Sandie is here too and I’ll have book stations in it to introduce people to her books.

Either on the 15th or sometime shortly thereafter I should be able to open the Enchanted Isles sim to the public also. Not sure of what sales will be on that one yet, as it’s a representation of the Isles from my books where the Myads live.

For the moment, Moor-Knight is closed and we plan on keeping it closed to the public, as we have our private building and living areas there. Going to see how this first month or two goes and then consider renting a 2X2 section to move us and be able to open Moor-Knight up. IF the time and expenses support such a thing.

During November, I was limited by an internet issue that the techs have been out numerous times to help us through, overloaded in other duties, and I had a little health episode to deal with. This is why my play blogging and social sites have been so quiet. Next week my husband is tying up the internet for some intense video conferencing on two of our computers, so I’ll be on limited internet time until after that’s done.

Wish I could post a definite schedule on the “Take Me To Kaedara” journey. This month, I’m working on preparing two books for Sandie and Lora. Then I hope we can begin work in earnest on my books in January. My artist had some surgeries to get through, and my editor had some issues.

Praying both are on the mend and ready to hustle after the holidays.

For the move to Kaedara, we’re keeping the stores we started. Mystic Serenia is building a new cool, large Egyptian store building for hers. My store buildings will be available for purchase. I’m not sure about hers.

I’ve decided to offer prepared room sets instead of the nearly 2000 throw pillows. I’ll still have throw pillows, just not as many and most will be offered in packs rather than individually.

There’s not a huge change in what we offer for breedables, except for our latest lineup of Relay For Life traited unicorns. We’re still breeding oyos only.

I’ll keep the horse breeding guide I set up and will expand on it. I may even make a notecard style of guide for inworldz viewing.

Not sure what to do about the recent change to oyo breedable groups. I’m sorry. I love the people, but do feel this was an unbelievably stupid move on their part.

They’ve had to secure against troublemakers and hackers lately. As part of the response they’ve overreacted and now switched both the help group and the chat group so that not everyone can join.

This is a terrible business move for those coming in to the breedables. It’s creating a pain in the butt situation for not only us who have no powers at all to try to help newbies, but also their CSRs have to listen to it.

I didn’t want a Kaedara Breedables group. But it seems that if they don’t realize how this is such a big mistake and correct it, that I may be forced into starting my own group.

Not that I can help them when there’s issues they need the CSRs in help group for. But maybe some of the elder breeders would join it too and contact a CSR for someone when needed.

Another pain in the butt process to go through, but I’ll do it if I must to make things easier for my own customers.

A business 101 rule: don’t make your customers work to get your product or to maintain your product. Surefire way to lose customers and turn away new ones.

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DR Product Update: More for Landscaping #Inworldz #ambuilding

Going a little cross eyed with this headache so thought we’re due an update here. Virtual life is good. Business growth is good. Both day job and Marion Margaret Press are accomplishing things. I see 2016 being a strong year for me. Real life sucks a little. But in things one cannot avoid.

I know I may whine a bit, but perhaps reading this will get future readers to check back here often, should I have to lay low with sadness at some point. In addition to what went on before, my father was not able to have the second of three surgeries he needed last week. In fact, he can’t have any more without the almost 100% risk of not making it through the surgery. In other words, he’s got to do his best to enjoy his last days, months, or however long God decides to give him. Medically, nothing else can be done.

I’m the youngest. “Daddy’s Girl” Funny. I’ve got grown children and three grand children (yes, I married young), but something like this makes me emotionally feel like a teenager still living at home. Guess everyone feels this when it’s time for their parents.

Anyway…I’m very close to finishing Dunvalos Reach! After what…two years of planning and building? lol A few more buildings, a few more outdoor items, and then the last two stores will fill up quickly once I get the main templates for those products created.

This then leaves the memorial sections to finish, and Dee’s Design. I’m moving the current products in it to another store and re-thinking this one. Needs to be a little more special and not just the same, and perhaps involve a little bit of teaching or sharing on cancer. Trying to decide. One of a kind items? Limited edition exclusive sets? Or what? Not sure yet.

Pink Ribbon Eye Pair in front of Dee's Designs in support of Breast Cancer

Pink Ribbon Eye Pair in front of Dee’s Designs in support of Breast Cancer

My Pink Ribbon Eye mare kept giving daughters and no sons I could put back with her, so I gave up and bought another Pink Ribbon Eye male from Chloe.  Since the mare is named Dee after my mother, the male is Bob after my father.

Summer Horse mares with a Black & Gold Morgan stud.

Summer Horse mares with a Black & Gold Morgan stud. Plants for display will be available for sale in a box together.

New project in oyo breedables that I hope to have a sales line from one day is getting the sun eye onto the morgan coat. This herd gives me another option, actually, because the male also has the crown eye. Could get crown eye onto the summer coat too.

For breedables, we have a few more rare horses at our TR Ranch stand, but they do go quickly. I hope that my herds keep kicking out the coats. I’m about to heaven the extra lives I have out for sale at the TR Ranch stands, so I hope they sell soon. Much is the same at Dunvalos Ranch, except I heavened a lot of the extra crown brands and redesigned the sales area to separate the coats for easier shopping.

White wolf coat on Great Dane body.

White wolf coat on Great Dane body.

Now, you hear me say time and time again I really don’t like the oyo wolves. Not at all. If I get a starter pack and it births wolf, I heaven it. If I get a wolf from a breeder it’s heavened. Except this one. I could sell this white wolf very easily to pay for a few packs of bones, but had to birth it out of curiosity. It actually looks neat! Eye says black, but looks like silver. And it’s out of my rare creme dane pair so she’s going to go back to Dad. May be worth something as a breeder and will make a cool pet when she’s done.

Preview of Halloween display Mystic is currently building in the store area. Halloween's on the way!

Preview of Halloween display Mystic is currently building in the store area. Halloween’s on the way!

Book displays are being updated in the Marion Margaret Press book walk. New books coming out in November!

Book displays are being updated in the Marion Margaret Press book walk. New books coming out in November!

New Rock Pond with girl and waterfall. Sculpt.

New Rock Pond with girl and waterfall. Sculpt.

The newest line for landscaping is the rock ponds. I’m offering four basic rock ponds and then a bunch of different themed ones, with plants, animals, mushrooms, or fairies added in. Some are all sculpt while others are sculpt and mesh combinations.

New double rock pond series.

New double rock pond series.

I also offer 7 different rock ponds with a ivy covered rock behind them for larger landscaping needs. These are mesh and sculpt combined.

Lady Dark Shade Designs coming soon!

Lady Dark Shade Designs coming soon!

Good news! My friend has finally settled into a new home and with internet again after losing everything to a tornado three months ago. She’s setting up her online businesses again and will be back in Inworldz very soon! Lady Dark Shade Designs will be back to Dunvalos Reach soon.

Both the ground level and the upper breedables level are well stocked, with more to come soon!

Dunvalos Reach Stores and Landscaping Level

Dunvalos Reach Breedables, Memorials, More landscaping level

 

 

Hiding under my virtual rock #inworldz

Sometimes life hits you hard, speaking mentally versus physically for me.  Death has never been the easiest of things for me to take, and especially when it seems to make people suffer so much before the end.  Family visits like the last one can be so exhausting and I don’t expect it to improve anytime soon.

Add to that I’m awkward in dealing with many issues of a more mental nature. Probably because I have my hands full trying to keep my own brain working properly through my own issues. LOL

Friends with depression that still function through life, I can handle. Know a few with bi-polar, few living on meds, etc. The individuals just being stupid in their decisions about life…nah…no patience whatsoever with. They don’t want to talk to me, would only hear “get your foot out of your a**”.  Worked hard all my life, good jobs and crap ones. Set aside my dreams for 26 years to take care of family first, went beyond my responsibilities to them…no sympathy from me. I’ve known my life goal since the age of ten, but spent many years taking care of business before being able to reach my dream. Not saying you need to set it aside as long as I did, but you do need to take care of your own responsibilities and go for your dreams, responsibly.

But now there’s dementia in one, and an undefined mental illness that’s drastically changed someone close to me in the works.  Those are areas I can’t handle. My insides just shake and well, you know when you’ve reached your personal limit on what you’re capably of handling…that’s me.

Then to find another close to you was just diagnosed with cancer and given 2-3 years.  Emphasize another. Way way too many.

This came about in the midst of already dealing with one member on other side of family living his last days under very stressful circumstances. Get back to hotel, feeling like I wanted nothing more than to “crawl under my virtual rock called Inworldz” and build where things were still sane…only to get a call to get to hospital few hours later and spend the night there with my mother. She’s okay now, but utter exhaustion!

Experiences like the ones hitting us this year really do put things into perspective. Make you reconsider what’s important in life and what’s not.

Oddly, or how many would consider odd, is how important my virtual world is to me now. I realize its true value is in the strength it gives me to live through life’s challenges. Being able to create and build and share those creations with others is a huge stress relief. Same with the writing, the art, the other hobbies we enjoy.

You don’t hear a lot about this from those using games as a way to de-stress and gain strength to meet life’s challenging moments. We’re usually quiet about the importance of this…normally just showing off what we made and saying we love being there.

The ones you hear about are the ones using virtual living as a crutch to avoid life. So, people ignorant of how these worlds truly work, assume the worse sometimes. That’s another topic and not what I’m talking about here.

I’m just saying how recently I’ve realized how my virtual world work has become a valuable tool for me in handling the life stress. Give me an hour of building and playing with my critters and I can tackle that Real World issue a little better.

Now that’s out of the way…hey, how about some updates?

I’m nearly finished with the outdoor set up of the stores on the ground floor. These first pictures deal with that level.

The buildings are more in theme now for these original stores. The one in the corner will be Tempest Myst Designs 2, lots of bean bag chair, rugs and probably more pillows cause 1000 pillows is not enough.

The buildings are more in theme now for these original stores. The one in the corner will be Tempest Myst Designs 2, lots of bean bag chair, rugs and probably more pillows cause 1000 pillows is not enough.

 

The Marion Margaret Press book walk and a tree sales area takes up one side of the sim on the ground level.

The Marion Margaret Press book walk and a tree sales area takes up one side of the sim on the ground level.

The Myst relaxation area in the next corner hasn't changed much, but Mystic and I need to work on filling this building with product now. Various buildings and home decor, plus whatever strikes our fancy will be there.

The Myst relaxation area in the next corner hasn’t changed much, but Mystic and I need to work on filling this building with product now. Various buildings and home decor, plus whatever strikes our fancy will be there.

The Book Emporium did not change, of course. The other corner is reserved, though I'm not sure when my friend who lost everything in the tornado can return to her business yet.

The Book Emporium did not change, of course. The other corner is reserved, though I’m not sure when my friend who lost everything in the tornado can return to her business yet.

There’s more work to do at the breedables level 3000m up. Three more buildings to finish creating for the one side, Lindren’s cottage needs decorating again before the Silverwood Memorial is complete, Mystic has one memorial section to finish in the community memorial area and I have one to finish there too. Plus a few landscaping items to add in here and there. Still have to get the corral pieces out and set for sale, plus some other items for animals.

I’ve rearranged to open it up a little as it seemed to be to bog down a bit with all the alphas in place, or I assume that was the cause. Think it’s working well now, I’ve had a few good comments in from visitors so far.   Myst/Uru players may recognize our backdrop.

Mystic's Egyptian Dodo Pen and Iron Pig Display stand are set for sale.

Mystic’s Egyptian Dodo Pen and Iron Pig Display stand are set for sale.

 

Mystic also has a Steampunk Inspired Butterfly Pig Corral for sale.

Mystic also has a Steampunk Inspired Butterfly Pig Corral for sale. A tribute to “when pigs fly” phrase perhaps?

 

The Crown Brand and Morgan Display garden. Have 50 bundles there now for sale...may need to think of a big buy it or I heaven it sale and start over on stock.

The Crown Brand and Morgan Display garden. Have 50 bundles there now for sale…may need to think of a big buy it or I heaven it sale and start over on stock.

 

My lovely Black Buckskin Unicorn in the middle of the grasses and flowers sales display.

My lovely Black Buckskin Unicorn in the middle of the grasses and flowers sales display.

 

The Summer Horses have their own display area now. In front is a new Autumn corral/gazebo set for sale.

The Summer Horses have their own display area now. In front is a new Autumn corral/gazebo set for sale.

 

I've added bright fantasy grasses around the sales area, some in front with the pegasus and black unicorn, others are in the back there.

I’ve added bright fantasy grasses around the sales area, some in front with the pegasus and black unicorn, others are in the back there.

 

So far to offer with my basic wagon I have scattered hay piles. More coming soon for this section. Next to it is the edge of the community Memorial area.

So far to offer with my basic wagon I have scattered hay piles. More coming soon for this section. Next to it is the edge of the community Memorial area.

 

This is the Garden of Hope to remember all the children we've lost.

This is the Garden of Hope to remember all the children we’ve lost.

 

Beginning to the Silverwood Enclave, memorial for Sandie Bergen. The forest is complete and the gates are there. Still need to furbish Lindren's house and add some extra touches.

Beginning to the Silverwood Enclave, memorial for Sandie Bergen. The forest is complete and the gates are there. Still need to refurbish Lindren’s house and add some extra touches.

 

An Autumn themed forest piece. I think it's done. I just need to double check everything and make the sales box for it.

An Autumn themed forest piece. I think it’s done. I just need to double check everything and make the sales box for it.

Everything’s good. I’ve switched to Singularity viewer and love the results. FPS didn’t increase, but it runs a lot smoother and the textures rez in way better for me. And so much clearer!

Only issue I have is I cannot set my animals and bundles for sale in it. I can create and set something for sale so it must be either confined to no-copy items or items made by someone else. Still investigating that issue.

Oyos people still complain of their horses not eating or not breeding or other things. They are quick to blame the 2X2’s for messing with scripts. Not sure I buy that. I have about 60 breeding animals at my 2X2 and have no issues with them at all. In fact, I’ve been building a lot there too and haven’t had issues with anything.

I sure hope the creators are working with Inworldz to track this down properly, not just blaming the grid. There was an update around the same time on the animals. It needs to be looked into also. And I’m sure Inworldz IT dept would find the information valuable for their work if there is a conflict of some sort going on after 2X2’s were initiated. Breedables aren’t the only scripted items players use.

Heavy work week here, lots of book files to get ready for Marion Margaret Press, plus client jobs, but hope to get some time to work in Inworldz and update here again soon. Lots of custom made trees and tree houses may happen. 🙂

Dunvalos Reach Breedables, Landscaping, Corrals, and Memorial Area
https://inworldz/region/Dunvalos%20Reach/132/156/3002

Dunvalos Reach Main LM on ground floor
https://inworldz/region/Dunvalos%20Reach/133/157/22

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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

 

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.)

Dunvalos Reach Update #Inworldz

There’s a few things going on this week on Dunvalos Reach and it’s been a fun season. The number of visitors to the sim have been growing a little at a time. Which is good. It will help keep me motivated to sign in and get some work done. I work on the building on Sundays and it’s still slow right now. I suspect I’ll be building for many more months before I can call Dunvalos Reach done.

And probably want to do another one. LOL

First of all, I should let Real Life intervene here and let people know a few things.

My work avatar is Tempest Myst. If you see her and try to contact her, she may not respond. I work in multiple windows and am often listening to the music. Inworldz does give a little tone when someone tries to contact me and I do try to pay attention when I can. (Sometimes I’m in a meeting and cannot though.) But also, sometimes I’m concentrating so hard I don’t notice the tone.

Mystic Serenia works the sim with me. Sometimes she’s roaming around the sim, sometimes she’s working in other duties. She’s hit and miss like Tempest Myst, but not as bad.

Another creator you may see on the sim is Camber since she just added a store. I have no clue as to her availability. 🙂

My public avatar and representative for Marion Margaret Press on Dunvalos Reach is Marion Margaret. She’s okay to send friend requests and will have her in at least one day a week during writing sessions. I hope to do more days eventually, if interest in the writing and publishing grows on the grid. I’m a novel writer and publisher and very busy, but I will try to greet people as Marion, but also will make sure it doesn’t get too chatty and distracting or I’ll leave until I finish the work. Unless it’s a meeting or event, of course.

In real life, I have parents, mine and in-laws, in their later years. Mom’s with Breast Cancer treatments, Dad’s serious heart issues and not doing well, in-laws have life threatening conditions. Should I not be posting here or disappear for awhile, God forbid, something may have went wrong. But after I’m able to do something “normal” again after an incident, I will return.

I will try to keep Mystic informed somehow.

Camber has joined us on Dunvalos Reach. She’s taken up a spot for her seasonal stores. The Christmas shop is still in progress, but she’s already got a great selection of items available. Be sure to check it out when you visit.

Lady Dark Designs  Newest Addition to the stores available at Dunvalos Reach from Camber

Lady Dark Designs
Newest Addition to the stores available at Dunvalos Reach from Camber

We’ve had a few visitors who admitted playing and liking the Myst games. On the ground level, you’ll find a parcel called Dunvalos Reach Lagoon. It’s a mixture of personal likes and memories from the Myst Online Uru Live game, plus family.

The main sounds and feel of it is from the Teledahn Age. Mushrooms are a huge decor of choice to reflect the age. The hut is structured to feel much like the hut where you start playing the game, but different at the same time. The sounds are from Teledahn within the age, including Shroomie. A shroomie for offshore would be perfect, but I don’t build sculpt or mesh.

I named this the lagoon, so Myst players may confuse it with the lagoon in Riven and say I’m wrong. But for some reason, Lagoon seemed right to me. I reserve the right to rename it should something else better come to mind.

In addition, you’ll see some Cleft-inspired items, like the whark bones recreated by Mystic and the Riven junk recreated by me. Mystic also added a Riven knife to the lagoon area.

The lagoon is not ‘finished’ and is a work in progress, but visitors are welcome to visit and check it out.

The Dunvalos Reach Lagoon

The Dunvalos Reach Lagoon

Dunvalos Reach Main Landing Point