Thursday, 28 July 2016

Coming Soon "The Great Inworldz Discovery Tour"

inworldz tour
Great Inworldz Discover Tour Map
Trouble Mooncurser is full of great ideas, and the latest seems like an exciting opportunity for residents new and old to discover (or rediscover) our virtual land and waterways. There are hours of fun possible navigating ocean and water routes available in world, but not everyone lives on the waterside, or has a handy boat rezzing space available.

Even those fortunate enough to live in the Magellan cluster, with multiple free rez spots, can find themselves inconvenienced if they venture further afield, and need to re-boot their vehicle for some reason.

There are public places where you can do this, but if you don't know an area or where to find information it can be frustrating, and returning to base is demotivating.

inworldz brewster park
Brewster Park
Great Inworldz Discover Tour
So for new sailors Trouble's new boat rezzers, will really encourage exploration. He's asking sim owners to host these, along with information boards and hopefully some activity or freebies. The idea is that visitors can rez a free boat at any of these locations, and use a tour map to choose their route around the Inworldz ocean, with the ability to rez again and carry on once they have explored a sim.

All the details are described here in an forum post and Trouble already has twenty-one sim owners signed up a month in advance of the September launch date. Check out Trouble Mooncurser's profile picks for a link to the info pack location if you are interested in hosting a tour stopover.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Exploring and Inspiration in Inworldz

Motor Island Inworldz
Motor Island
This has been a very enjoyable week for me in Inworldz.
I took our motor-boat for a spin and explored the south-west corner of the navigable ocean. With its navy training base, ports and car themed motor island, these sims form a wonderful themed corner of our world.

It's satisfying to navigate by map, and arrive as the sun rises, switching off cruise control so I can squeeze into the smaller waterways and watch the water-side world flow by.

Little Big Chapel Path Inworldz
Chapel at Little Big
Further North I discovered the beautifully landscaped Little Big sims, and was touched to find a pretty little chapel which contained a candle burning, dedicated to a resident who was currently unwell. A reminder of the friendships formed here.

Inspired by the naturalistic planting styles, I took Ayesha to visit when we were next in-world together, and she was as impressed as I.

Linked Hearts Inworldz
Tamara's Garden Centre
 at Linked Hearts
We are currently creating a forest walkway on the north side of our sim, and the clever use of focal points, and rich planting at Little Big made us try even harder to create a naturalistic feel in our own home.
This of course led to a fun shopping trip, on this occasion to Tamara's Garden Centre at Linked Hearts.

Here we picked up ruins, a forest path, some lovely and bargain priced grasses, and I kept finding myself nipping back later for 'just one more thing'! While Ayesha couldn't resist a trip to Julia Hathor's Creative Fantasy shop for a beautiful twisted Maple with detailed gnarled bark.

Horse Carriage Inworldz
Testing Arkady's Horse Carriage
Most of my free time was then taken up back home virtual landscaping, and doing my best to make 'sight-lines' along paths to encourage our visitors to wander.

It was just as I was creating a hill-side stream that Arkady Arkright called with a mysterious request for my presence.

Forest Path Inworldz
Landscaping at our Sim
 Soon, I found myself being whisked around a field at a fast trot in a horse-carriage full of giggling avatars. Ark wanted to test the vehicle's behaviour under the stress of multiple occupancy as these were to be a new interactive feature  at the Inworldz newcomer's greet sim, Inworldz Desert Island.

If I can pull myself away from moving plants this way and that, I plan a visit to explore the new features at IDI, including a docks area, allowing new residents the chance to see how our waterways enhance this virtual world.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Prettifying and recycling in Inworldz

Inworldz ocean views
View from the cottage porch
New owners have created a quad sim diagonally opposite us,  so now we have a view east and some extra waterways to play in!

Of course we being being able to look out means our new neighbours have a distant view back, and this was enough to encourage some prettifying up of a somewhat neglected back corner.

I'm not in favour of off-sim add ons for semi-connected sims like ours, as it feels like intruding into others visual space. So this meant we had some unusable landscape items tucked away in inventory from our 'far flung ocean' days. Many of these are very scenic, and I was interested to see if any could be recycled.

Inworldz isle of Rum
Isle of Rum, Inworldz
 One of my favourites was a four waterfall off-tropical sim island, only really viewable from one direction. Could it be adapted into a temperate zone inland cliff?

I was delighted to find out that the build was modifiable, and slightly nervous to discover that it was no copy!

I deleted  palm trees, and took  the 'full-bright' off any tropical looking flowering plants. Retexturing the rock to match our sim terrain really helped as well. Adding a few ferns, and more native trees helped to blend the look further, as well as some terrain remodelling.

Without sound though, the cascades felt somewhat odd. Luckily I found some excellent water effects which fitted well, and dug out the ground to make a river where the original falls would have met the sea. The simple sculpty bridges were created from textures we already owned.

Whilst I played with water, Ayesha had found and planted a wonderful grove of trees. So now a neglected corner of our sim feels much more alive and interesting.

Monday, 11 July 2016

How do virtual worlds help build international bonds?

Inworldz sea sim view
Looking across the sea to my neighbour's sim
Most of you will know that the United Kingdom just voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, and this got me thinking about virtual worlds, and what part they have to play in building international relationships.

The total number of inhabitants of Inworldz and all other virtual lands combined is still quite a small figure compared to the global population, but on an individual level, the impact of interacting daily with residents from other countries is major.

When a natural disaster hits, or a misguided group attacks the citizens of a far away country it can be hard to feel involved, beyond a generalised human sympathy. When a friend is attacked, or under threat, emotions are much more keenly felt.

Inworldz Japan
Edo Nippon Inworldz

There is a real difference between meeting someone briefly, maybe on holiday or through business, and having years of regular interactions with someone, wherever they live. What happens to those people affects me and my life.

It was once said that the telephone would change the world. If we can pick up a phone and ring a person in a foreign land and ask them a direct question, then it wouldn't be possible for the rulers of that land to fool the rest of the world about what is happening there.

It isn't that simple though. Human beings do not naturally trust strangers, it takes time to build relationships. Virtual worlds give us the time, opportunity and the space to make real friends in places far away, and somehow, those places seem to get nearer every day.

Monday, 4 July 2016

How to meet other residents in Inworldz

In a previous post I asked why virtual worlds seem so empty to new users, and ended by asking the question 'how do you meet other residents when joining Inworldz?'
Of course everyone will have different ways of going about this, but it can be handy to have some ideas as a starting point so here goes!

1) Login on Sunday

Why? You can maximise your chances of bumping into other residents if you choose peak times to visit. Jim Tarber, Inworldz staff member posted the following on the official forum.
The last time I checked, the peak times for events were usually noon-2pm (probably more 1-2pm) and 5-7pm (again probably more 6-7pm). 
The busiest day is Sunday. Friday, Saturday and especially Sunday. Monday, Tuesday are lighter.
All times are PST. So if you live in California, lunchtime on Sunday is your best bet, for a Euro that equates to Sunday evening.
Inworldz events search

2) Attend events.

Why? Events are special times when residents get together to share an interest, attend a concert, or simply go dancing. This is a great way to meet people. Events are listed via the inworld search facility, and also on the official website.

You can search through different categories and work out what you might fancy.

3) Join Groups

Why?  Groups are created by residents to gather together like-minded people, advertise clubs and generate interest in ongoing activities. Each group has its own chat facility, and many EVENTS will only be advertised within a group, rather than in the official listings. Some groups are busier than others, so keep looking if the first ones you join don't suit.

4) Follow Inworldz specific Social Media

Why? Many residents meet up out of world, and friendships can form by responding to posts, commenting on blogs or posting in the official forum. See this previous post to get some ideas of where you can find Inworldz residents posting online.

Ladyheart Hancroft Inworldz
Friendly Inworldz Mentor Ladyheart Hancroft  at IDI
5) Visit IDI (Inworldz Desert Island)

Why? This sim is the landing point that new residents find when first logging in to their account. There are often groups of residents around helping newcomers, fellow new users getting help, and of course the official volunteer mentors answering questions and chatting to visitors.

6) Use In-world Messaging

Why? Seen a great build and want to let the builder know? Need to ask something technical, or find out about a group or event? IMs are the answer. Friendships often develop from a simple query or genuine compliment.

 Sometimes it can take a bit of courage to step into the unknown, but Inworldz offers you many routes to interact with other residents. Remember, people are friendly and want to help, and everyone was new at one time.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Inworldz #nomakeup

Inworldz raspberry crystal picnic island
Picnic Island - Inworldz
Long-time no post...came back from a trip and landed in brexit! Here in the UK we are living in interesting times politically, but enough of that and back to the fun stuff.

I had posted on the Inworldz Forum  that I was having trouble finding skins with no make up, and the amazing Astoria Luminous wrote to let me know she was working on just such a thing, and would I like to try and give feedback. Oh yes!

Inworldz is so big, it isn't surprising that I hadn't yet wandered into AlaZ at Axis Mundi. Astoria asked which of her skins would suit me best and I plumbed for Silvia, which is already so pretty in all the variations so I got to try an early release of the new no make up model, so cool!

Skin vendor Inworldz Alaz
Silvia Crystal at Alaz , Inworldz
The new Crystal variant is fresh faced with no lippy, blusher or eyeliner and is now the skin I wear most often.

 Astoria told me she was considering creating some tattoo layer make-ups as a complement so users can mix and match their look at will. That would be lots of fun.

I'm enjoying taking photos with my new look, and feel more comfortably myself, as in real life I am sensitive to eye make up, and can only wear it for a few hours a week.

Check out the hashtag #nomakeup on twitter for some lovely natural shots of women young and old taking selfies, or read about Alicia Keys and how having photos taken with bare skin helped her confidence.