Walking with Dragons
Once again the Fantasy Fair returns to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Even if you are not in America the sad fact is cancer affects 1 in 3 people around the world, so here is an opportunity to help the event raise money to fight back and give hope to thousands afflicted by this terrible disease. As part of the official blogging team I had the privilege to explore the lands in advance and admire some of the jawdropping builds that can be found there. I will give you a peek at three of them and I highly encourage you to explore with friends and take photos along the way. Don’t forget the event will be very busy and laggy to older machines. If you are concerned about your machine coping I recommend using the official viewer or Alchemy viewer just for exploring as both are kinder to older machines or poor connections.
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TP to the landing area
A 360 view of the sim. Although the software for it is now old and buggy (the lab do not wish to update it) and some of the shapes did not render in the image I think you get a good idea of what’s going on. Use your mouse, click and hold and move the image around to explore.
I thought I’d start with Walton and Victor’s build, as it reminded me a little of an Aether version of the English city of Cambridge. Make sure you have yourself set to ‘shared environment’ to enjoy the EEP lighting they have chosen to bring the sim to life. You may want to pause at the incredible mausoleum with the swinging incense, which is scripted complete with subtle movement sounds – turn down the music and turn up the sounds for the entire sim to get the full experience, which I have to say late night on headphones was rather awesome.
The Wandering Woods
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TP to the Landing area
As you move around you’ll reach The Wandering Woods, a tranquil zone which is a good spot to take a pause, take in the scenery before hitting the stores nestled between the trees. If you’re a fantasy roleplayer you will love this sim and the opportunities it presents for photography for yourself and any friends you have with you. Again, ensure you are set to ‘shared environments’ to experience this sim as intended with the EEP.
Ling Xiao Long 灵霄龙
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TP to the Landing Area
As a lover of Eastern art this sim and its concept blew me away. Drawing on a traditional Chinese proverb the entire sim is created to resemble a painting, and as you wander its fantastical lands you are instantly enveloped by peaceful sounds of birds, making you briefly forget you are on a sim in Second Life. This is not a shopping sim so most of you will dash through it onward, but I hope you manage to pause long enough to find the painted dragon, cleverly rendered to look like he’s just appeared, moments before.
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