Simploring 2019 (11) The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort

For my simploring tour on January 17th/19th I picked “The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort” from scoop.it SL Destinations.  What caught my attention is that The VR Planetarium exsists since 2008(!) in Second Life and that I never heard about it before. And even Annie Oh (anniebrightstar)’s scoop.it SL Destinations just has one entry listed. The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort is owned by Ambrosius (andoni merlin).

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (1) – Landing and entering the capsule

The landmark led me to a small plattform just below of a huge turning spiral. Zooming out, I could see The VR Planetarium Dome below. The impression is that the dome and the attached steel construction are held in its hoovering position by the turning spiral. Stairs lead down to the top of the dome and further down to the attached construction. I went down to the top of the dome first. There’s a box, where you can grab a key card:
Find the key-card in a folder of your inventory and add it. The key-card attaches as HUD to open the doors in the asteroid. If you are wearing the score HUD, the key-card will also load your points at the main door of the asteroid.
Ok, for whatever this is necessary, I took the key card and went down to the construction. I peeked inside of the dome. It looked very interesting. I saw planets inside and changing backgrounds but postponed a visit and entered a capsule instead that I reached by climbing up a few stairs. I first didn’t realize that I entered the capsule of a rocket. I got 3 destionations offered: Asteroid Base, Asteroid Up and
Earth Repository. I selected Asteroid Base ….

Space Capsule 2: No-return point!!!
Space Capsule Call: COUNTDOWN 10…KEEP CLEAR!
Space Capsule 2 whispers: Systems GO, Autopilot is on command.
Space Capsule Call: Ignition
Space Capsule 2: Lift Off

And then I began my space flight, which ended tragically. The rocket stage separation failed…

Space Capsule 2: Proceeding to rocket stage separation
Second Life: You died and have been teleported to your home location

Ups …. I was home again. What was that? Did I forget wearing the key card that I got? Do I have to join a group? Ok, another try. I went back and entered the capsule again, wearing the key card on a HUD. Later I found out, that you don’t need the key card for a successful flight. I might have been a pure accident. Anyway, my 2nd space flight was successful and I landed at the Asteroid Base.

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (2) – Asteroid Base

Space Capsule 2: No-return point!!!
Space Capsule Call: COUNTDOWN 10…KEEP CLEAR!
Space Capsule 2 whispers: Systems GO, Autopilot is on command.
Space Capsule Call: Ignition
Space Capsule 2: Lift Off
Space Capsule 2: Proceeding to rocket stage separation
Space Capsule 2: Rocket stage separation complete
Space Capsule 2: Engines off, you are into orbit.
Space Capsule 2: Destination set to Asteroid Base.
Proceeding to a routine verification…
Stand by for a new communication in 1 minute, over.
Space Capsule 2: We are about to enter the asteroid’s gravitational field. Initializing protocol for landing.
Space Capsule 2: Approaching maneuver to Asteroid Base
Space Capsule 2: ARRIVED!

Hint: Once you arrived you have to get out of the capsule quickly, otherwise you’ll return to The VR Planetarium Dome with the capsule.

The Asteroid base is a steel construction attached to the asteroid. There’s a screen with pictures of the starry sky, constellations, nebulas together with explanatory texts. There’s also a sci-fi bar and a lock to enter the asteroid. Next to the lock is another box, where you can grab a space suit, another HUD for collection points, weapons. I also saw a score list. At this point you need the before mentioned key card to opperate the lock: First click the key card, then the lock – et voila! I didn’t wear the HUD nor the space suit or any weapons. Behind the lock you enter into a spiral tube and I walked inside. My exploartion once again ended quickly. I was attacked by aliens and soon “died” once again and was returned home.

This seems to be fun! I need doing it another time again wearing the according gear and weapons. Later I found the follwoing description: “This is not a game, it’s a challenge to your Second Life skills. There are no rules, use what you know, wear what you have, it’s not cheating if you just follow a few instructions.”

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (3) – Asteroid Up

My next journey led me to the Asteroid Up. This time you get inside of the asteroid where you can walk around a huge vessel of hot magma. The way around the vessel ends a lock where you need the key card once again – and enter the tube with the aliens this time from the other side. Luckily I didn’t meet any aliens enterting from here, but at some point the tube is blocked when you enter from this side.

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (4) – Earth Repository

I then selected Earth Repository for my last space flight. This flight passes the asteroid and leads to a sphere hoovering above a huge tube. Inside of the sphere you can sit down on a platform and watch videos like in and 3D video dome. I had a rollercoaster drive – impressive and very well made as it feels as if you’re sitting on the train. There are more 3D videos but I just saw the rollercoaster.
Besides sitting down and watching 3D videos you can also walk through a spiral tube down to the tube below of the sphere. I did that and I dared to jump down into the tube and landed in sea of green glibber. Touching a red dot at the wall the sea suddenly opened and I fall further down and ended in the hot magma of the asteriod. Incredibly, I didn’t die *winks*

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (5) – Earth Repository, the fall through the tube

Last but not least, I explored The VR Planetarium Dome. At the entry you find some explanatory pictures about Second Life. There are also teleporters to the Asteroid and the Earth Repository – but taking the rocket is way more fun!

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (6) – Entering the dome

The VR Planetarium Dome is a huge sphere, where you can take a seat and watch the space. The projected pictures are taken from the NASA/JPL/ESA/Hubble. Again, this is very impressive and for someone who likes taking pictures like myself …. WOW

The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort (7) – Impressions of inside of the dome

To sum it up: I had a very entertaining visit to The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort. And I haven’t really explored all of it. Fighting the aliens or watching more 3D videos, watching more pictures of the space with all the explanatory texts, or sitting longer in The VR Planetarium Dome could provide many many hours of fun. You can even dance in The VR Planetarium Dome with the space as a background and enjoy the fitting space music. It is a fantastic place to visit in Second Life.

Thank you so much Ambrosius (andoni merlin) for providing this gem for all of us! I did enjoy my visit a lot and might come back for a longer visit, if I find the time for it.

Landmark to The VR Planetarium Dome – Space Station Resort
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zebria/38/42/2564

Simploring 2019 (6) 2019-XS

Ever heard about the film Blade Runner (1982). Ever seen it? Well, I have heard about it but I never saw it nor did I know that it is an scifi film. On New Years day 2019, Annie Oh (anniebrightstar), who runs my (never ending) source of potential simploring destinations scoop.it SL Destinations, sent me a message and recommended that I’d visit 2019-XS.

“Blade Runner is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford. The Blade Runner soundtrack is by Vangelis. The film is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles of 2019, in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered to work on off-world colonies. When a fugitive group of replicants escapes back to Earth, burnt-out cop Rick Deckard (Ford) reluctantly agrees to hunt them down.
Blade Runner initially underperformed in North American theaters and polarized critics. It deals with the fine line between humans and robots … can robots become human? It later became an acclaimed cult film regarded as one of the all-time best science fiction movies. The film has influenced many science fiction films, video games, anime, and television series.” (excerpt mainly from wikipedia)

Impressions of 2019-XS (1) – around the landing point

2019-XS is an adult homestead created and owned by Hera (zee9). The landing is in a subway station. Once you have gone upstairs to the town, there’s a board where you can grab a notecard with some background information. Hera (zee9) writes:
Welcome to 2019-XS – Why the weird Name?
Well as all Blade Runner fans will know 2019 was the year in which the original story was set. I figured as we move into the actual year of 2019 I could not let this auspicious moment pass without acknowledging in some way the huge creative influence this movie has had on me personally since I first saw it way back in the early 1980’s. In the late 1990’s 2019-XS was my long time Domain name….

Impressions of 2019-XS (2) – town views (left) / a night club (right)

Blade Runner is set up in an urban environment, Los Angeles in 2019! The town is a confuse chaos of streets, levels and buildings, with advertisating boards and lights everywhere, hoovering vehicles, elevators and it is noisy. There are similarities between this background and Metropolis.

Impressions of 2019 (3) – the night club “Industry”

2019-XS in Second Life is exactly this – a seemingly chaotic world of streets, passages, buildings, elevators, levels, advertising boards, lights, stores, backyards, Restaurants and night clubs. And it is fun exploring it! There are several night clubs and they are not that easily to find. I might not have found all of them. You navigate between the different levels of 2019-XS with elevators. On the levels itself you walk over bridges from one building to another. Often a door just leeds to a passage to the next building. These doors are not opened by simply clicking them but by clicking the door lock keyboard. Remember it is how the creators of Blade Runner imagined in 1982 how an urban world could like like in 2019 – it doesn’t look like this, at least not everywhere, thank god *winks*.

Impressions of 2019 (4) – roaming in LA 2019

2019-XS is a sim that can be visited for it’s nigthclubs (for example the jazz club is great), for taking pictures in front of an unusal set up, just for the fun of exploring or for roleplay.
In her landmark description Hera (zee9) also refers to some other films like Altered Carbon (a Netflix television series) and Immortal (2004). According to her 2019-XS is “Cyberpunk for real”.
Cyberpunk? Again something I had to look up:
“Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a futuristic setting that tends to focus on a combination of lowlife and high tech featuring advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order” (from wikipedia)

Impressions of 2019 (5) – Holo-Girls massage / Allege Cats Jazz Club

I’m not a sci-fi fan, nor do I really know a lot about it, but 2019-XS was really fun to explore, the research for this blog post was instructive and I saw once again another new corner of Second Life. Thank you, Hera (zee9) for creating and sharing your sim (you passion). I hope it will attract many people and also roleplayers.

Landmark to 2019-XS
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ravine/129/113/31
Wikipedia about Blade Runner
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner
Wikipedia about Cyberpunk
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberpunk

 

Simploring 2018 (74) Meadow Rose

I got a hint from Annie Oh (anniebrightstar), who runs scoop.it SL Destinations, to have a look at Meadow Rose. I found time for simploring Sunday, August 26th, and visited it.

Meadow Rose overview

Meadow Rose is an adult homestead sim, owned by Rye Falmer. Later, when I met Rye after my simploring tour, he told me that Kitty Templeton (kittytempleton) is co-owning Meadow Rose. Their main estate is Templeton Cove Estates & The Lake House and compromises 16 sims (American Lakes and Wilderness Themed Estate, Residential & Recreational, Light Sailing, Riding & Hiking Trails). I saw a small part of Templeton Cove when I visited it during my Halloween tour 2016 (read here).
Rye loves to landscape at Templeton Cove Estates & The Lake House but he’s not good with managing renters, that’s Kitty’s part together with someone else. Meadow Rose was originally embedded into Templetom Cove Estates, but it dosent go with the theme of the other sims so Rye decided to create it remotely again. In addition Meadow Rose is adult which goes against the family ethos of templeton estate.
I’ll take Templeton Cove Estates on my list of sims to explore.

Impressions of Meadow Rose (1) – around the landing point and the church

But back to Meadow Rose. At the landing point you can join the Meadow Rose group. From there you can walk a real nice trail, which takes you around the island along the shore. I turned left and began exploring on foot. I passed a farm and came to a church with a graveyard. I visited the church and continued walking along the shore. The trail is just beautiful and you get lovely views. The landscape is natural, there’re lots of trees and flower fields, everything fits to perfection.

Impressions of Meadow Rose (2) – beautiful views

After some walking I reached a bay with a sailing boat anchored there. At the shore is a small shipyard for smaller boats. After staying there for a bit I continued my tour, I passed several nice places to sit and cuddle or to simply enjoy. Then I passed some ruins and saw a dandelion which you can use to make a tour flying over the island. I didn’t do that though. After passing the ruins I came to a park with a pond, another place just to enjoy. There’s also the possiblity to dance. Shortly after the park with the pond I reached the landing point once again.

Impressions of Meadow Rose (2) – the marina and the shipyard

But there’s more if you don’t take the trail along the shore but go to the inner island. I took the trail to the farm which leads further to a quite big manor that looks very British. Inside the manor is furnished luxurious and is a collection of antiques, of hunting trophies and of curiosities from all over the world. There’re tapestries and oil paintings decorating the wall. To sum it up: it looks very Britsh, maybe like the home of an Earl or a Duke, maybe of the Duke of Meadow Rose *winks*. I also had a look into the cellar. Surprise! The upper nobility has guilty pleasures and fetishes. I have to keep in mind this manor.

Impressions of Meadow Rose (4) – more beautiful views

Impressions of Meadow Rose (5) – the farm and the manor

Outside of the manor is a garden. Again it looks really British. Everything is neat and you sense that there are gardeners who care that every single flower is at the right place. In the garden I met Rye Falmer, the owner of Meadow Rose (the Duke of Meadow Rose?). We had a really nice chat and he told me about the above mentioned connection to Templeton Cove. We talked about his and our place and he might visit our island one day or even join our party.

Impressions of Meadow Rose (6) – the garden and Diomita Meeting Rye Famer, the owner of Meadow Rose

Meadow Rose is another hidden gem in Second Life and I admire how perfectly it is made. Rye has really a talent to make this place look like a piece of a British paradies. Thank you for sharing the place with the public, Rye!

Landmark to Meadow Rose
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Forever%20Neverland/25/97/25
Landmark to Templeton Cove Estates (Marina and office)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amarantha%20Island/7/104/25

Simploring 2018 (62) Formosa Cafe

For my simploring tour on Wednesday, July 18th, I picked “Formosa Cafe” from scoop.it SL Destinations. The Formosa Cafe is a restaurant and bar founded in 1925 and located at 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard at the intersection with North Formosa Avenue, in West Hollywood, California (source wikipedia).
When I followed the provided link to read a little bit about it, I came across Second Life Newers, a blog that exists as long as our blog does, written by several authors. It is about the people, places, things, and events across Second Life and has an extra section about places. Hard to belive that I never came across it before. I added the link to Second Life Newers to the “Other links” section on the right side bar.

The Formosa Cafe in Real Life and in Second Life

In the Second Life Newers blog is a very detailed desripction about Formosa Cafe along with information about it’s creator Gardenia Malheur titled “The Formosa“, written by Klaus Bereznyak. As this post is so detailled and complete, it is hard to add anything – and I won’t.
In his post Klaus Bereznyak also provided a link to another blog post about Formosa Cafe, which was published by riverpearl in her blog “Million Happy Endings” titeled “The Formosa Cafe“. I just had a short look into riverpearl’s blog but its amoung other things also about places in Second Life. I added Million Happy Endings as well to the “Other links” section on the right side bar (Remark: I couldn’t find riverpearl or Pearl Grey in Second Life, hence I assume her username must be different).

Impressions of my visit to Formosa Cafe in Second Life

Of course I also visited the Formosa Cafe and I was not disappointed at all. It is a great cafe and you can sense the atmosphere. It is buildt with love and passion by Gardenia Malheur and as I build myself a little bit in Second Life, I know what it means to get it done in such a perfection, in particular if you want to build something that exists in Real Life.
Comparing the picture from wikipedia with the Formosa Cafe in Second Life, I’m impressed! There’s so much to see and discover in Second Life, that I’d need to get a 3rd and 4th life!

Thank you Gardenia for creating Formosa Cafe and for sharing it with the public. Many thanks also to Klaus Bereznyak and to riverpearl for the great blog posts about it. I enjoyed my short simploring tour.

Landmark to Formosa Cafe
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Scheveningen/229/202/3703
Second Life Newers blog entry “The Formosa” by Klaus Bereznyak
http://slnewserplaces.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-formosa.html
riverpearl’s blog post “The Formosa Cafe”
https://millionhappyendings.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/the-formosa-cafe/

Update: Today Annie Oh (anniebrightstar), who manages scoop.it SL Destinations, send me a private message: “The Editor of SL Newser is Bixyl Shuftan, Klaus is Klaus (klaus.bereznyak) and Pearl Grey is Pearl Grey (pearlgrey) (in Second Life), all interesting people“. Thank you, Annie. I had only found Klaus.

Simploring 2018 (10) Green story (II)

After I published my simploring report about Green story on January 23rd (read here) I got a message from Annie Oh (anniebrightstar), who runs scoop.it (link is listed on the sidebar under Other links: scoop.it SL Destinations or read here). She told me that I missed a part of Green story, a part that isn’t green either but wet, and gave me a landmark to it: Green story II

You can reach Green story II either by this landmark or by a teleport hub that is close to the lighthouse of Green story but not easy to find particularly at night. This time I had still daylight and found it.

Impressions of Green Story II (1) – upper left pictures show the tp board at Green story

Green story II is in a skybox about 3.500 m above the sandbank of Green story. And it is really wet! The environment is set to night and there are many lights, light effects and fireflies – and reflections of the rain and puddles. Again Green story II is a fantasy world, a conglomerate of cosy huts and spots, of ruins and art. You really can get lost in thoughts when wandering through the rain or when you sit down and just admire the light effects. I recommend to switch the music on, it’s a radio program with piano music (at least during my visit). There are no nothern lights but the moon shines through the clouds and provides a mystic atmosphere.

Impressions of Green Story II (2)

Don’t cry when the sun is gone,
because the tears won’t let
you see the stars.
In my heart lies a memory
to tell the stars above.
I’ll never forgt meeting you here,
our love is like the wind,
I can’t see it — but I can feel it

is written on a wall just above one of the many cosy spots.

Impressions of Green Story II (3)

Green story II is a place for lovers, very romantic. There’re also several spots to dance. It’s another place to dream and to mediate, to live in your fantasy. Thank you, Dior (rich.canis) for sharing Green story and Green story II with the public. I enjoyed my second visit as much as my first!

Landmark to Green story II
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Green%20story/193/87/3426
Landmark to Green story
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Green%20story/194/133/23

Simploring Destinations

After publishing the blog post about my simploring tour to La virevolte I got a message from Annie Oh (anniebrightstar) who follows my simploring tours. She knows that I look up the SL Destination guide every once in a while, when I have no destination on my list to visit. Annie has collated every travel blog she can find for some 4 years now and put into scoop.it. Look it up here: https://www.scoop.it/t/second-life-destinations. Here you can search blog entries about a SL destination or just look up the latest published entries. I added the link to the “Other links” section on the right.


Annie has also her own blog https://anniessl.blogspot.co.uk/ and I’ll have a look at that from now on. She’s a simplorer like I am. I added her blog “Exploring Second Life with Annie” to the list  “Active blogs” on the right as well.
On Annie’s blog I also found another scoop.it page, which is curated by Annie:
Art & Culture in Second Life – art Exhibitions, Literature, Groups & more
I added it also to the “Other links” section on the right.

Thank you for the hint, Annie!